The QAnon conspiracy theory has been gaining attention among mainstream politicians, especially "after Marjorie Taylor Greene won the Republican primary for a U.S. House seat in a heavily GOP Georgia district last month. Greene was invited to the White House for Trump’s acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention," Cooper and Karnowski report. "Trump has said he knows little about the movement but has spoken favorably of its followers. Vice President Mike Pence has dismissed it."
Cooper and Karnowski note that, while congressional races often get more attention, "state legislative positions serve as springboards to higher office, and their holders wield significant power to affect everyday life — determining state policies on education, policing, health care, criminal justice and other issues."