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House Candidate Who Chased Trans Woman From Restroom Is Primary Loser

House Candidate Who Chased Trans Woman From Restroom Is Primary Loser

Congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra may have thought accosting a trans woman at a Los Angeles restaurant would win her votes, but it didn't quite pan out — the Republican came in third place in Tuesday's primary election.

Incumbent Democrat Nanette Barragan crushed her competition for California's 44th Congressional district, winning over 26,000 votes, or nearly 66 percent of the vote. In second place was a fellow Democrat who actually dropped out of the race months ago — Compton, Calif., mayor Aja Brown.

Then in third place was Trump-devotee Saavedra, who received about 4,000 votes or 10 percent of the vote (in fourth was Clueless star Stacey Dash, who also dropped out of the race before Tuesday's election). Saavedra, a Nicaraguan immigrant, was running on an anti-immigration/anti-transgender/anti-abortion platform.

Saavedra gained some notoriety last month when she filmed a Facebook video of her conspiring to kick a trans woman from a ladies' restroom at a L.A. Denny's. Saavedra repeatedly called the trans woman "a man" and peppered her with insults like "sick" and "stupid." The woman was eventually forced from the restroom, though Denny's corporate office later released a statement affirming its support for transgender customers and their right to use the restroom of their choosing.

Facebook eventually removed Saavedra's video, saying it didn't comport with their policies against bullying. After repeatedly re-posting it, Saavedra was temporarily blocked from the social media site. 

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