Fact Check: DeAnna Lorraine DID Run Against Nancy Pelosi In California In March 2020 Primary (But Lost)

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: DeAnna Lorraine DID Run Against Nancy Pelosi In California In March 2020 Primary (But Lost) In March 2020

Is DeAnna Lorraine currently running against Nancy Pelosi in California? No, that's not true: Despite claims in a meme posted in April 2020 that went viral again in June 2021, Lorraine is not currently running in any type of election against Nancy Pelosi. Lorraine did attempt a primary challenge against Pelosi in March 2020 but ended up in fifth place with 1.8% of the vote (Pelosi won with 74% and went on to win the actual House race).

The meme appeared in a Facebook post on April 6, 2020 showing a DeAnna For Congress campaign image along with the text:

This lady is running against Nancy Pelosi in Commiefornia ( California ). Fill Facebook with her face and drain the swamp.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Jun 18 06:27:03 2021 UTC)

However, filling up Facebook with her face won't have any effect on Lorraine's election chances anymore since according to BallotPedia (archived here) the primary she was competing in was held on March 3, 2020 (more than a month before the Facebook post was published) and she did not win:


This is confirmed by her own website (archived here), where she currently describes herself as:

Ms. DeAnna Lorraine is a recent Republican, 'anti-establishment' Congressional Candidate who just completed her widely watched run against political Goliath Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, in California's 12th Congressional District (San Francisco).
Although she ultimately lost her race to a radical Socialist, her battle was hard fought and won the hearts of Americans all across the nation with her guts, refreshing honesty, and bold, unconventional campaign strategies.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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