Democrat Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota House race

Democrat Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota House race
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Democrat Ilhan Omar easily won over Republican opponent Jennifer Zielinski in the race to replace 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.) in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. 

Omar and Michigan House candidate Rashida Tlaib (D) are poised to become the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress after their wins on Tuesday.

Omar will also become the first Somali-American member of Congress.

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Omar, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee, was largely favored to win the blue Minnesota district, which hasn't sent a Republican to Congress since 1962. The district includes Minneapolis and its surrounding suburbs.

The Minnesota state congresswoman ran a progressive platform that included "Medicare for all," criminal justice reform and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

She is a Somali refugee who came to the U.S. at 12 years old, and she often speaks out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's travel ban against Muslim-majority countries. 

Omar beat out five other Democratic contenders for Ellison's seat. 

"We did this together," Omar tweeted. "Thank you!"