Ron Watkins

  Republican Ron Watkins ran for election to the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. He lost in the Republican primary on August 2, 2022. Watkins is a conspiracy theorist and site administrator of the imageboard website 8chan. Watkins is believed to be "Q" of QAnon.

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Fanatical Republican Extremist Of The Day: Ron Watkins
Ron Watkins, the conspiracy theorist and moderator of the 8kun website widely believed to be the dips*** controlling the “Q” account that is the mastermind of the Qanon conspiracy theory, and all of the cavalcade of bulls*** that comes along with it. But wait, you might ask… since when does this blog profile random Republican conspiracy theorists and not people in or running for office? Because Ron Watkins was thinking about running for U.S. Senate for Arizona in 2022, but instead, ran for U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District."
Sep. 20, 2022

These Arizona Candidates Still Say Donald Trump Won In 2020, Or They're Not Sure What Happened

The Arizona Republic via The Rose Law Group Reporter

Jul. 15, 2022

"Elected officials and candidates for office in 2022 continue to challenge and question the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.
The results have been examined and re-examined, challenged in court and in a monthslong ballot review. No evidence has been found of widespread fraud or error in the results.
Yet candidates deny the outcome. Others don't quite go as far. But they raise questions about potential irregularities they say could have influenced the vote and should be examined.
The Arizona Republic is listing candidates by category by the race that they are entered in. This list is not complete and will be updated throughout the 2022 election season.

Election deniers

These candidates in Arizona races deny that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, either in Arizona or nationwide."
US Senate

US House of Representatives


Secretary of state

Attorney general


  • Bob Lettieri, Republican

Arizona Corporation Commission

State Senate

State House of Representatives

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Read the complete article on The Arizona Republic


QAnon-Linked Arizona Candidate Faceplants During Debate
"Online fame and infamy can, at times, give people unwarranted confidence and a false sense of importance. That certainly seems to be the case with Ron Watkins, the QAnon-linked congressional candidate in Arizona who — despite being a popular figure on far-right message boards — apparently has no real-life charisma whatsoever. Watkins is suspected by many to be "Q," the central figure in the fascist QAnon conspiracy theory (though he's denied the claims)."
Apr. 30, 2022
'I Made A Mistake': QAnon-Linked Candidate Corrected During Arizona Debate
"Asked whether he supports U.S. military aid to Ukraine by host Ted Simons, Watkins said: "I support military aid to Ukraine but I want to say that we would not even be in Ukraine if President Biden did not shut down the Keystone Pipeline on the first day [of his presidency]." "Because now that that's shut down, we have to get our oil and we're getting it from Russia <derp>"
Apr. 29, 2022

AZ Right Wing Watch - April 27, 2022 - Clean Elections Debate - Ron Watkins claims the “biggest issue” in the district is the border wall, despite CD2 being nowhere near the US-MX border. Ron talks about his recent trip to the border wall and laughably claims to have scared “coyotes” off by simply looking them in the eye.



QAnon Figure Ron Watkins Gave A $95,000 Loan To His House Campaign In Arizona

Apr. 21, 2022

Watkins’ campaign funding

"Watkins raised $83,000 between January and March 2022, about $20,000 less than the the campaign reported as operating expenditures, according to FEC filings. The campaign ended the first quarter of 2022 with $100,257 cash on hand — all but about $5,000 came from Watkins’ personal loan.

The Watkins campaign’s fundraising remains far behind other contenders for Arizona’s 2nd District congressional seat. O’Halleran raised $578,000 in the first quarter, and ended March with $1.7 million cash on hand. Republican candidate and former Navy SEAL Eli Crane raised $$647,000 in the quarter, and has $483,000 cash on hand.

Outside of the loan, the largest reported contribution to Watkins’ campaign in the first quarter of 2022 was $3,127 from Rumen Naumovski. Naumovski is the founder of marketing firm Raww Digital and Resist the Mainstream, which describes itself as “a media company for people who have lost trust in the mainstream media.”

Other contributions to Watkins’ campaign include $2,222 from Jeffrey Walker, the founder of an Arizona pool cleaning company, and $1,000 from Avery Kramer, who recently became the chief operating officer of biotech research company Symbrosia.

Only 11 of the about 70 contributions to the campaign in the first quarter of 2022, including contributions from Watkins and Walker, are from donors with Arizona addresses. The campaign has relied primarily on out-of-state money and drew only three donors from Arizona in 2021."
The FEC Is Quizzing Arizona Congress Hopeful And Suspected QAnon Ringleader Ron Watkins On Why He Failed To Declare Around 40% Of His Campaign Funds
"According to an FEC letter sent to Watkins dated March 28, the commission is taking issue with an amendment to Watkins' year-end campaign finance report. The FEC noted that Watkins had filed an amended report disclosing additional receipts totaling $20,626.15 close to 40% of his campaign funds, which now total $51,214. Watkins is widely believed to be the individual who seeded the QAnon conspiracy theory. He is currently running for a congressional seat in Arizona and has announced plans to "double down with God as my compass to take this fight to the swamp of Washington DC.""
Apr. 1, 2022
QAnon Candidate’s Campaign Finance Filing Is Here—And It’s Hilariously Sad
"In November, Watkins’ campaign told The Daily Beast it had been pulling in more than $1,000 a day, and that it had other, unknown sums waiting in unopened envelopes. (In November, the campaign said those funds came from a “light” trial run, and that it would soon enter a new phase in fundraising.) Of the donors named in the campaign’s itemized receipts, only one even lives in Arizona. And only one donated less than $250. So much for a grassroots Arizona political movement."
Feb. 2, 2022
QAnoner Ron Watkins Begs For Bitcoin To Finance Flailing Congressional Run
"Watkins, whom many believe is the elusive ‘Q’, has admitted his campaign faces “funding challenges”."
Dec. 1, 2021
Things Quickly Go South For QAnon Leader Running For Congress
"It turns out that having nearly 500,000 Telegram QAnon followers isn't helpful in fundraising for congressional campaigns."
Nov. 18, 2021
FBI Raids Home Of GOP Election Official Linked To QAnon’s Ron Watkins
"The FBI has raided the home of a Republican election official in Colorado accused of facilitating the leak of sensitive election data to QAnon influencer Ron Watkins. [...] Peters became a superstar in the world of election fraud conspiracy theories when she appeared on stage at the Cyber Symposium organized by MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell in August."
Nov. 17, 2021
‘We’re All Tired Of Riddles’: Ron Watkins’ Followers Are Starting To Demand Answers
"Watkins is widely believed to have been behind Q, the purported government insider whose posts on 8chan gave rise to the QAnon conspiracy theory that satanic pedophiles control the world. While he’s denied playing the part of Q, Watkins posts in much the same style as Q once did."
Nov. 1, 2021
QAnon Influencer Says He's 'Digital Rosa Parks' In Conspiracy Convention Speech
"Earlier this month, Watkins announced his intention to run as a Congress candidate for Arizona and repeated the baseless claim of widespread voter fraud in a video shared on Telegram"
Oct. 24, 2021
Ron Watkins Hopes To Move From QAnon To Congress. And He Needs Arizona Voters To Do So.
"Prior to coming to Arizona, Watkins was living in Japan for about a year. Before that, he had also lived in China and the Philippines, where 8chan and 8kun were based."
Oct. 21, 2021
QAnon’s Ron Watkins Is Running For Congress. How Did We Get Here?
"The man who did more than anyone to facilitate the rise of the QAnon cult is now running for office in Arizona."
Oct. 15, 2021
Alleged QAnon Mastermind Is Selling Trump Retweets As NFTs
"Ron Watkins is getting in on the digital art game and... it’s not going so well."
Sep. 22, 2021
Ron Watkins Said He Had Election Fraud Evidence. Instead He Sent QAnon Believers Spam
"Where we spam 1, we spam all"
Aug. 5, 2021
Ron Watkins Seems To Admit He's Q, In The Dumbest Possible Ending To QAnon
"QAnon is both the most bonkers and unfounded conspiracy theory in the world."
Apr. 7, 2021
Trump Continues To Promote Conspiracy Theories From A Rapidly Rising QAnon Star
"Though Watkins was an important figure for QAnon believers before the election, he's recently emerged as a popular far-right voice advocating for Trump."
Dec. 15, 2020
Why 8kun’s Former Admin Is At War With Right-Wing Star Dan Bongino
"It began when Watkins had his identity spoofed on the site.""
Dec. 11, 2020

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