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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Ilhan Omar Won A Bitter Primary To Keep Her Seat In Congress

Her leading challenger, Democratic newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, trailed significantly with more than 90 percent of the vote counted. He conceded at his Minneapolis campaign headquarters shortly after 9 p.m.

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Antone Melton-Meaux had raised millions of dollars for a campaign fueled in large part by dislike of Omar, one of first Muslim women in Congress and a member of the so-called “Squad” of Democratic women of color. In her first two years in Congress, Omar was accused of anti-Semitic comments and campaign finance irregularities, and had also been the target of racist attacks from conservatives.

The Associated Press called the race for Omar, who garnered 57 percent of the vote to Melton-Meaux’s 39 percent.

Two other members of the Squad, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, also won high-profile primaries — both by significant margins.

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But in Minneapolis, Omar’s race had appeared to tighten significantly: She lost the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, her district’s major newspaper, and spent money on ads attacking Melton-Meaux. In recent months, she was out-raised by Melton-Meaux, whose average donation in June was over $600.

Omar’s campaign had emphasized her progressive credentials in Congress — an important factor in her district in Minneapolis, one of the deepest blue areas in the country.

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