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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar holds off well-funded Democratic primary challenger

The victory over Antone Melton-Meaux means Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, is nearly certain to win a second term in November.

Image: Rep. Ilhan Omar Tries To Fend Off Challenger Antone Melton-Meaux In Reelection Bid
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks with media gathered outside Mercado Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Aug. 11, 2020.Stephen Maturen / Getty Images

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Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity.

Omar defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who raised millions of dollars. The victory means Omar is nearly certain to easily win a second term in November in her solidly liberal 5th Congressional District.

Omar in 2018 became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, building on a national profile that started when the onetime refugee from Somalia was elected to the Minnesota Legislature just two years earlier.

Her aggressive advocacy on liberal issues, and her eagerness to take on Donald Trump, made her even more prominent. She is known as one of the four “squad” members of progressive first-term congresswomen of color.

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