Conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer loses Congressional race in Trump’s home district of Florida despite the president’s backing
- Conservative firebrand Laura Loomer, 27, lost her House race in Florida’s 21st Congressional District early on Tuesday night
- The race was called in favor of Democratic incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel by 8pm
- Loomer only succeeded in winning 39% of the vote in the district that includes Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, despite her support from the president
- The conspiracy theorist was considered a long-shot but her bid gained national attention due to her anti-Muslim rhetoric and comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar
- The self-described ‘proud Islamophobe’ emerged as a MAGA star online but managed to convert that success into a primary win
Conservative firebrand and self-described ‘proud Islamophobe’ Laura Loomer lost her House race in Florida’s 21st Congressional District early on Tuesday night.
The far-right conspiracy theorist lost out to Democratic incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel in President Trump’s home district, receiving just 39 percent of the vote as of 8pm eastern, according to Associated Press tallies.
The 27-year-old was considered a long-shot for the seat in the district that includes Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate despite support from the president and other leading Republicans.
Far-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer, 27, lost her long-shot bid for a Congressional seat in Trump’s home district in Florida with a decision called by 8pm Tuesday night
U.S. Representative Lois Frankel easily won back her seat with 59% of the vote as 90% of the total votes were counted. She first won Florida’s 21st Congressional District in 2012
Rep. Frankel thanked voters as she celebrated her win on Twitter on Tuesday night
The decision was called with 90 percent of the district’s votes counted.
Loomer emerged as a ‘Make America Great Again’ internet star over the past two years but was among the few who managed to convert that online success into a primary win.
Loomer, who has been banned from most social networks as well as Uber and Lyft due to her attacks on Muslims, was joined on the campaign trail by the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump.
She was also endorsed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and former Trump adviser Roger Stone, helping her take in more than $2million in donations and successfully out raise Frankel.
However, she faced an uphill battle in the heavily Democratic district.
Laura Loomer, pictured, has been banned from most social media platforms
Loomer, pictured center, out raised Frankel but it was not enough to take down the incumbent
Frankel was first elected in 2012 and has cruised to re-election ever since. In the 2018 mid-term election, she didn’t even face Republican opposition.
The Congresswoman thanked voters as she celebrated her landslide win on Twitter.
‘Thank you so much Palm Beach County. I am grateful for your votes and support, we accomplished this together,’ she wrote. ‘Now let’s get to work, there’s a lot to do.’
Despite her slim chances, Loomer’s bid had gained national attention, in part due to her anti-Muslim remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
She was banned from Facebook and Instagram in May 2019 after stating that Rep. Omar wanted ‘another 9/11’ and that ‘Islam is a cancer.’
Loomer had emerged as a ‘Make America Great Again’ internet star over the past two years and had received support from President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans
Loomer later used right-wing social media platforms like Parler and Gab to raise funds.
She framed her race as ‘the first time in history a Republican Jewish woman goes up against a Democrat Jewish woman, so we are putting the Jews on trial in district 21’.
Yet in September, the Anti-Defamation League called on her to remove a ‘disgusting’ which used Holocaust imagery.
President Trump had congratulated her after her primary win, calling Frankel a ‘Pelosi puppet’.