Aug 15, 2018

Ilhan Omar wins Democratic primary for Minnesota House seat

Ilhan Omar at a campaign event in November 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images

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

The details: 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.

  • 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.

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.