The victory will also put national Republicans in a difficult position to respond to a conspiracy theory heralding a candidate who has also made comments about anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic tropes.
The main drain for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, located in the northwest corner of the state, attracted national attention as Greene promoted the wild and unfounded conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
While the theory is nebulous enough to invite all kinds of interpretations from its followers, QAnon, at its core, claims that President Donald Trump secretly fought to overthrow a cabal of satan-worshiping pedophiles that has infiltrated every level of the US government and other elite Institutions.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House’s second senior Republican, called Greene’s comments “disgusting” and endorsed Cowan. Scalise has since made full use of donations to Cowan and has helped raise funds for its campaign.
Greene was asked during a main debate to respond to criticism of the GOP leadership of the House of the comments. He said, “If you are Republican and if you are not apologetically conservative like me, you will see people like me who are called a racist, even when it is very unjustified.”
During the same debate, Greene was asked if she was a supporter of QAnon. She responded by saying, in part, “I am indebted to my allegiance to the United States of America. I, like many Americans, am disgusted with the Deep State that has sought to get rid of President Trump.” She added, “Yes, I am against all of these things and I will work hard against these problems.”
The seat for Georgia’s 14th Congress District is currently held by Republican MP Tom Graves, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2010 and announced last year that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
This story was updated on Tuesday with further developments.
CNN’s Michael Warren contributed to this report.