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 EllisonMinnesota sues Juul over rise in youth vaping Jane Fonda calls for protecting water resources at weekly DC climate protest Progressives ramp up fight against Facebook 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 TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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!"