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Posts falsely tout congressional elections within months

April 15, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: In 40 days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Adam Schiff are up for reelection. U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, is up for reelection on June 23. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Terms for the three House members end in 2023. They will face reelection in November 2022.

THE FACTS: Online posts with erroneous election information are circulating on social media, claiming three top House Democrats are up for election within just a few months. The posts circulated in conservative-leaning Facebook groups and pages this week. 

The posts push to unseat Democrats with some comments suggesting the vote would be rigged.  

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“The same thing will happen as what happened with Biden; CHEATING!,” said one comment with a Facebook post.

Similar posts with false election information circulated last September in the runup to the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. But the new posts weren’t specifically tied to anything.

“In 40 days, Pelosi and Schiff are up for reelection. Nadler is up on June 23! Drain the Swamp Light up FB WITH THIS! Time for new faces,” said a text post on Facebook.

The next Congressional elections will be on Nov. 8, 2022, when 34 Senate seats are up for grabs and all 435 House seats.

Pelosi won reelection to the House representing California’s 12th Congressional District in November and was narrowly re-elected speaker of the House on Jan. 3. Her term expires in 2023. 

Like Pelosi, Schiff was reelected to his seat in the House representing California’s 28th congressional district in November. Nadler was also reelected to the House for New York’s 10th Congressional district. They are both up for reelection in 2022 with their terms ending in January of 2023.

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536