Democrat Ilhan Omar easily won over Republican opponent Jennifer Zielinski in the race to replace Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Officer charged in Floyd’s death considered guilty plea before talks fell apart: report Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen MORE (D-Minn.) in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Omar and Michigan House candidate Rashida Tlaib (D) are poised to become the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress after their wins on Tuesday.
Omar will also become the first Somali-American member of Congress.
Omar, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee, was largely favored to win the blue Minnesota district, which hasn’t sent a Republican to Congress since 1962. The district includes Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs.
The Minnesota state congresswoman ran a progressive platform that included “Medicare for all,” criminal justice reform and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
She is a Somali refugee who came to the U.S. at 12 years old, and she often speaks out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s travel ban against Muslim-majority countries.
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Omar beat out five other Democratic contenders for Ellison’s seat.
“We did this together,” Omar tweeted. “Thank you!”