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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
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.