Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday beat back a well-funded primary challenger who accused her of pursuing a national profile at the expense of her Minneapolis district.
Omar defeated attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, who outspent Omar by a two-to-one margin on television ads. Omar is the third member of the “Squad” — the four liberal women of color elected in 2018 — to survive a spirited primary challenge, after Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also won their primaries earlier this summer.
Omar drew criticism for citing anti-Semitic tropes in her criticism of pro-Israel groups and their influence on U.S. foreign policy. She’s also been hit for funneling campaign funds into her now-husband’s political consulting firm.