Republican congressional candidate Laura Loomer has gathered a lot of attention in her challenge against Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel. But a new St. Pete Polls survey shows she’s not gathering a lot of support from voters.
The poll puts Frankel ahead by a 61%-33% margin in the race for Florida’s 21st Congressional District. Nonparty affiliated candidate Charleston Malkemus pulled in just 2% support. Another 5% of voters remain undecided.
The survey sampled 1,015 likely voters and ran on Oct. 2. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Those results are in many ways unsurprising. Frankel won reelection in 2016 by more than 25 percentage points and ran unopposed in 2018. Democrats have a 17.5-point registration advantage over Republicans in the district.
Still, Loomer has attracted plenty of headlines given her controversial history as a right-wing activist. She’s made several anti-Muslim remarks such as calling Islam a “cancer.” Loomer supported Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub after Lima-Taub claimed Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who is Muslim, might “blow up Capitol Hill.”
Loomer was also banned from Twitter after calling Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar “anti-Jewish” and accusing her of supporting female genital mutilation. Facebook, Instagram, Medium, and several other social media