Ilhan Omar, Somali refugee, wins Democratic primary for Minnesota House seat Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021


Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar could become America’s first Muslim woman and Somali-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives after winning the Democratic nomination for the state’s 5th district in the August 14 primaries.

Axios reported that Omar, a refugee from Somalia, won the six-way race to replace Rep. Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress. It’s a safe Democratic seat, making her the favorite to win.

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Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib, who is also Muslim and won the Democratic nomination last week, will run unopposed for a House seat this fall, Axios said.

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