Far-right activist Laura Loomer wins Florida GOP primary

Far-right activist Laura Loomer won the GOP House primary in Florida’s 21st Congressional District, handing the Republican Party a controversial nominee in a safe blue district.

Loomer pulled in front of a crowded field of Republicans to win the nomination in the heavily blue southeast Florida district, according to The Associated Press. She will face off against Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes MORE (D), who ran unopposed in 2018 and won with more than 60 percent of the vote in 2016.

Loomer becomes the Republican nominee in a district that includes President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE's Mar-a-Lago club. The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona Melania Trump focuses on coronavirus in return to campaign trail Watch live: Melania Trump holds MAGA event MORE are registered voters in Palm Beach Country, and both submitted vote-by-mail ballots for Tuesday's primary.


Trump congratulated Loomer in a tweet late Tuesday, asserting she has "a great chance" in November's general election.

The controversial candidate has the endorsements of right-wing figures such as Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump grants clemency to five nonviolent offenders Trump remarks put pressure on Barr DOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump MORE and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Congressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match MORE (R-Fla.). She has been banned from several social media and other technology platforms in recent years after making anti-Muslim comments. In 2017, she was banned from Uber after she tweeted that “someone needs to create a non Islamic form of @uber or @lyft,” and she has also been banned from platforms such as TwitterPayPal and GoFundMe.


Loomer drew outrage for tweeting that she couldn't find a "non-Muslim" cab or Uber driver and handcuffing herself to Twitter's office in New York to protest what she said was discrimination against conservatives online. 

“I’m going to win,” she told The Hill earlier this month, claiming her victory will mark the “first time a deplatformed candidate will get a party nomination.”

While Loomer faces an uphill climb to unseat Frankel, she still hands Democrats another line of attack against the GOP as Republicans face questions over some of their more controversial House candidates.

Earlier this month, Marjorie Taylor Greene, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory who has made a litany of Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments, won her Republican primary in Georgia, putting her on track to win a congressional seat in November.

Updated on Aug. 19 at 12:02 a.m.