Banned Social Media Activist Laura Loomer wins Primary

Laura Loomer — an avid Trump supporter and social media activist — has won the GOP primary in Florida’s 21st Congressional District. The 27-year-old whose banned from Twitter will face off against incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel in the general election on November 3rd. President Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday night to congratulate Loomer on her victory.

Laura Loomer is not the only female Trump loyalist from social media to win a primary this cycle. Anna Paulina Luna won the nomination in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to challenge incumbent Democratic representative and ex-Republican Governor Charlie Crist. Marjorie Taylor Greene also won the GOP nomination in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District and is easily favored to win in November. Greene has been accused of promoting QAnon conspiracies on social media. She had an ad taken down on Facebook in June because it violated their policies against inciting violence. Here is the ad:

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There is an up-hill battle for Loomer to unseat Rep. Frankel but, she has the endorsements and the name recognition to get it done. Her primary victory gained a late boost after she received support from Rep. Matt Gaetz and conservative strategist Roger Stone.

The chances to flip the 21st Congressional District red will be slim. It is rated a D+9 district by Cook Political Report and Hillary Clinton won it by 20 points in 2016. Still, Loomer has strong name recognition from her Twitter following. If President Trump carries Florida by greater margins in November than he did in 2016, he could help pull Laura Loomer over the top.

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