Most will lose. But some, most notably Ms. Greene, did manage to win. She declared victory Tuesday night, saying she was “as fed up with what I’ve seen of spineless Republicans” as she was of Democrats.
“The Republican Establishment Was Against Me” Mrs. Greene said. “The DC swamp is against me. And the lying fake news media hate my guts. It’s a badge of honor. It’s not about me winning. This is a referendum on each and every one of us, on our beliefs. “
During his campaign, Mr. Cowan had adopted a slogan that summed up Mrs. Greene̵
“She’s not conservative – she’s crazy,” said Mr. Cowan Politico before the runoff election. “She deserves a YouTube channel, not a seat in Congress. She’s a circus act. “
Mr. Cowan was not alone in his assessment of Mrs. Greene, who runs a construction company with her husband. She was reprimanded by Republican congressional leaders this year after Facebook videos showed she made abusive remarks about blacks, Jews and Muslims. Louisiana representative Steve Scalise, the house’s minority whip, publicly stood up for Mr. Cowan and helped raise money.
The Republican Party, however, was hardly unified in its opposition to Ms. Greene’s candidacy. The lead remained officially neutral, and Mr. Trump’s only comment on the race came in the form of a congratulatory tweet after their strong performance in the first round in June when they nearly doubled Mr. Cowan’s vote.
Ms. Greene raised thousands of dollars from Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, a high profile Republican lawmaker and favorite of the president, and a political action committee with which he is affiliated, the House Freedom Fund. She also received modest four-figure donations from political action committees linked to Mark Meadows, a former North Carolina representative who is now Trump’s chief of staff, and Koch Industries, a financial backer for the Republican Party.