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Lois Frankel defeats far-right Laura Loomer in Florida House race

Opponents, both Jewish, represent different poles of the sociopolitical culture wars; Republican describes herself as an ‘Islamophobe,’ was supported by Trump campaign

US Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget on Capitol Hill, in Washington. March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
US Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget on Capitol Hill, in Washington. March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

JTA — Lois Frankel won reelection in her South Florida House district, fending off a challenge by the right-wing, self-described “Islamophobe” Laura Loomer.

The Associated Press called the race shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The race pitted two Jews at different poles of the sociopolitical culture wars against each other — a moderate Democrat in Frankel and a far-right agitator in Loomer, who plays on her Jewish identity in her adamantly anti-Muslim rhetoric.

“We’re putting the Jews on trial here in District 21,” Loomer told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in September.

Far-right activist Laura Loomer holds up a sign emblazoned with the logo of Jewish terror group Kach, across the street from a rally organized by Women’s March NYC, in New York on January 19, 2019. (AP/Kathy Willens)

“They have a choice between a Republican Jew who is going to advocate for their survival in their best interests, or they can stand with self-hating Jew Lois Frankel, who is doing the bidding for the jihadists in the Democrat Party who are just literally walking Jews to the gas chamber,” she said.

Loomer, who has been banned from platforms such as Twitter for her rhetoric, was supported by the Trump campaign. US President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara campaigned for Loomer in Florida in the fall.

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