Somali-American Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota Dem primary

Somali-American Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota Dem primary
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The nation's first Somali-American legislator, Ilhan Omar (D), won the Minnesota Democratic primary on Tuesday night. 

The Associated Press called the race for Omar with 93 percent of precincts reporting. She won 48 percent of the vote.


Omar and Michigan Democratic nominee Rashida Tlaib are aiming to become the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.  

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party had endorsed Omar's candidacy. 

Omar beat out five other Democratic contenders for the seat in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which is being vacated by Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonIlhan Omar defends 2012 tweet: 'I don't know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans' States scramble to fill void left by federal shutdown 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers MORE (D-Minn.), who won his Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general.

She will go head-to-head with Republican nominee Jennifer Zielinski in November.