The Republican Party is in dire straits at the moment, as the MAGA movement continues to put pressure on the “old guard” members of the organization, hoping to bring Donald Trump or a surrogate back into the fold.
And while the MAGA movement remains a slight departure from the core of the GOP, there is another, related faction that even further removed from mainstream Republican conversation: The Qanon folks.
But despite what you may think of the Americans who’ve been wrapped up in the conspiracy theory, there is no denying that they maintain massive voting power.
Just look at how they’ve moved Lin Wood into a position of relative power.
Lin Wood played a starring role in Georgia’s GOP civil war after the 2020 elections. Now the pro-Trump lawyer is taking his roadshow to South Carolina, where he’s campaigning as a “chaos” candidate to lead the state Republican Party.
Wood, who transformed from a top Atlanta trial lawyer to a leading election conspiracy theorist in November, moved to South Carolina in February. Then the firebrand lawyer shocked the political establishment in one of the GOP’s most important state parties by mounting an unexpectedly strong challenge to the incumbent chairman, Drew McKissick.
The outcome has out-sized implications because of South Carolina’s role in GOP presidential primaries — the state hosts the first primary in the South, and almost always votes for the eventual Republican nominee. It’s emblematic of broader divisions between longtime GOP members and those brought into the Republican fold by Donald Trump, who remains the party’s center of gravity.
This could get very investing in the next few years, eh?