A Republican primary candidate suspected to be the QAnon poster “time Q” lost his bid for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday night.
Ron Watkins, a former administrator of alt-right imageboard 8chan, failed to earn more than 4 percent of the votes. On August 19, Watkins posted a video on YouTube titled “Ron Watkins | I Am Q,” in which he claimed to be Q, the anonymous poster behind the conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
Watkins was previously known as the “Pixel Pundit” on 8chan, where he used the handle “time Q.” He was banned from the site in March 2018 for “harassment and threatening behavior,” according to The Daily Dot.
Watkins’ campaign website includes the slogan “Make America Great Again,” and he’s previously posted videos on YouTube claiming that George Soros and other wealthy elites are funding the migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. Watkins’ campaign also apparently bought the website Qanon.news, which redirects to Watkins’ campaign website.