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Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant, wins Democratic nod for Congress

By GO + Washington Post
Ilhan Omar [L] and Keith Ellison [R] [File Photo]

Ilhan Omar, a first-term state legislator who burst onto the national scene during the fight over President Trump’s “travel ban,” has won the Democratic nomination for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

It’s a safe Democratic seat, held for 12 years by Rep. Keith Ellison (D), making her the favorite to join the House in November. Omar will be the first Muslim politician to replace another Muslim politician in Congress.

Omar defeated two candidates with longer resumes who argued that the Somali immigrant’s rapid ascent had happened too quickly. But Omar enjoyed the support of multiple national left-wing groups, as well as the endorsement of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Over the weekend, she held a campaign rally with Rashida Tlaib, who won an Aug. 7 primary to represent Michigan’s 13th district. Together, Tlaib and Omar will be the first Muslim women in Congress; Omar will be the first Muslim to replace another Muslim in the House.

Also, Mohamud Noor wins the Democratic primary race for Ilhan Omar’s seat in Minnesota legislature, becoming the first Somali-American man to be elected to a state house.

Hodan Hassan wins the Democratic primary race for Minneapolis House District 62A. Hassan will be the second Somali-American female, after Ilhan Omar, to be elected to a state legislature.

Somalis in the US have warmly welcomed this victory as the trio are making history in the American Policy.