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By 2020, will one of the two major U.S. political parties nominate for some office someone who openly admits to being a Flat Earther?
Despite the unbelievable level of evidence available, and the fact that anyone with a well and a stick can prove that the Earth is round, belief in various forms of Flat-Eartherism is on the rise. Newsweek reported in November 2017 that “Starting in mid-2017, a string of news stories propelled the flat-Earth movement’s traffic into the digital stratosphere.”
The Economist concurs: the publication has been charting Google searches for “flat Earth” terms, and it’s found that they’re increasingly popular.
At the same time, prominent U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle have been accused of embracing fringe ideas.
How long will it take before a nominated Democratic or Republican candidate embraces Flat-Eartherism publicly?
For a positive result, an “out” Flat-Earther must be officially nominated by the Democratic or Republican party for statewide or national office by the end of 2020. (In case of any ambiguity the nominee must appear on the appropriate state's election ballot under one of the two major parties' names, running for a statewide or national office.) The "out" portion will be determined by credible media report that the candidate can be reasonably interpreted as confirming their belief in speech or writing.
(edit 3/5/18 to clarify that the party need only be a candidate, not necessarily elected.)
(edit 7/4/18 to clarify in the 'statewide' case the candidate must be voted by the whole state at once, i.e. state legislators are not included.)
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