Omar allies decry cash flowing into Melton-Meaux primary challenge
July 21, 2020
The battle for the congressional seat held by Minneapolis Rep. Ilhan Omar has drawn more than $10 million in contributions as of the end of June, bringing renewed attention to the campaign cash flowing into one of the safest Democratic districts in the nation.
Omar and her top DFL challenger, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, each have raised more than $3.6 million ahead of the Aug. 11 primary. Much of the money on both sides comes from out of the state, reflecting Omar's national profile as one of the first Muslim women in Congress and an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
The Republican-endorsed candidate, north Minneapolis businessman Lacy Johnson, has raised more than $3.1 million, also relying heavily on out-of-state contributions.