Political activist and republican firebrand, Laura Loomer won her congressional primary. The New York Times notes that Loomer is one of six people who sought to represent Florida’s 21st congressional district. Loomer beat Christian Acosta, Elizabeth Felton, Aaron Scanlan, Reba Sherrill and Michael Vilardi in Tuesday’s primary.
Laura Loomer Calling Out Big Tech Censorship During Her Victory Speech
“If they can do it to me, they can do it to you.” pic.twitter.com/rXp0S8pegp
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) August 19, 2020
Loomer, widely known as a free speech warrior, has now won the battle to face off against 72-year-old Rep. Lois Frankel. Frankel has nearly four decades of experience in Democratic politics, serving for 14 years as a state representative and another eight as mayor of West Palm Beach.
Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet! https://t.co/pKZp35dUYr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
Loomer is one of the most banned political commentators, and now candidates for office, in the nation — having been kicked off Twitter, Facebook, Uber, Lyft, PayPal, GoFundMe, and other platforms for her fierce and controversial criticism of Islam.
The Gateway Pundit notes,
n December, Twitter announced that they would be verifying all congressional and gubernatorial candidates to “level the playing field.” When asked by The Gateway Pundit if the new policy meant they would reinstate banned candidates, specifically citing Loomer, they said no and that anyone who was permanently suspended will not be reinstated, verified or labeled.
Loomer’s campaign website explains that by keeping her off the platform, Twitter is providing her opponent with a “significant benefit.”
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) August 19, 2020
Laura Loomer (R) has outcampaigned her primary opponents and claimed victory in Florida’s 21st Congressional District. https://t.co/Ngdlpfv2N8
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 19, 2020
Loomer will face a tough fight in November. Democrats have a 17.5-point advantage over Republicans in terms of voter registration within the district. Frankel won reelection in 2016 by more than 25 points and ran unopposed in 2018.
While Loomer led her Republican rivals in fundraising, she’ is significantly behind Frankel in cash on hand. Loomer holds around $220,000 as of July 29 while Frankel retains more than $1.25 million.