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Omar wins contentious Fifth District primary


August 12, 2020

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

Rep. Ilhan Omar, left, D-Minn., talked with Keaton Sisk outside the Dinkytown Target near the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Rep. Ilhan Omar handily prevailed in a contentious DFL primary challenge in the Fifth District on Tuesday, a race that drew in millions of dollars from across the country and cemented her upward rise in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Omar bested four primary challengers by double-digits, including DFL newcomer and mediation lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux, whose well-funded campaign was centered on the argument that he would be more focused on the needs of the district than the outspoken incumbent.

But with nearly all of the results reported in the race, Omar had 57% of the vote to Melton-Meaux's 39%. He conceded shortly after 9 p.m. In her moment of victory, Omar tweeted that "organized people will always beat organized money."


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