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 EllisonJudge threatens to put prison officials in same uncooled cells as inmates Minnesota students file federal lawsuit against school district alleging 'deliberate indifference' to racist incidents Former Sanders aides launch consulting firm 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 TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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!"