Congresswoman Ilhan Omar wins primary election, will face Republican Lacy Johnson in Nov.
Progressive Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) coasted to victory on Tuesday, defeating attorney Antone Melton-Meaux in the Democratic primary.
“In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money. Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown,” tweeted Omar.
Omar is now the second member of the four-woman “Squad” to survive a primary challenge. The “Squad” has been very critical of President Donald Trump and their extremely far-left ideas have gained national attention.
Melton-Meaux said he supported Omar in her first election but believed the congresswoman had let her district down by missing several votes and becoming too divisive in Washington.
“She has been ineffective in Washington because she is divisive, and she’s focused on her celebrity,” Melton-Meaux said.
The attorney even earned the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Whether it’s health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux appears progressive, but pragmatic,” the paper wrote. “While Omar wants to lead a movement, Melton-Meaux seeks to serve the Fifth District.”
Despite making several enemies in Washington and back home, Omar had the backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I). Omar had campaigned alongside Sanders during the presidential primaries.
Omar was outspent by Melton-Meaux and found herself getting some bad publicity when it was discovered that the majority of her campaign cash actually goes to her political consultant husband. In the 2020 cycle alone, Omar’s husband received more than a million dollars from the congresswoman’s campaign.
“I don’t pay my husband. I pay the firm to do work,” said Omar. “It was the first time we placed a TV ad, which is surprising to me because that’s not something we’re used to in the 5th, and that money went to place that ad and to make sure we have digital ads, to make sure we have literature that’s being sent to our constituents because it is get-out-the-vote efforts for us.”
The controversial congresswoman will now go on to face Republican Lacy Johnson in November.
“Yesterday, the people of Minnesota’s 5th district sent a clear message. They want a leader who will fuel real change that will lead our communities towards a better future. That’s why I am honored to be the Republican nominee who will defeat Ilhan Omar at the polls in November,” Johnson tweeted.
Voter turnout during the primaries did not favor Republicans, however, with just over 10,000 votes casts in the Republican primary and more than 90,000 in the Democratic primary. Johnson will have to work extremely hard to close that gap and attract independent candidates to his side.
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