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Ilhan Omar Defeats Challenger in Minnesota Primary

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) defeated a well-funded primary challenger in Minnesota on Aug. 11, sailing to victory with a double-digit lead.

Antone Melton-Meaux, who raised millions in an attempt to unseat Omar, received 39 percent of the vote to Omars 57, with more than 97 percent of the precincts reporting.

Melton-Meaux focused his campaign on Omar being a member of the so-called “Squad” of far-left Democrats in the House of Representatives. He argued that Omars status as a national political figure made her out of touch with the district she represents.

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Democratic Congressional candidate Antone Melton-Meaux is interviewed by a local television journalist while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Aug. 11, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Omar deflected the attacks by claiming that Melton-Meaux was funded by interests who want to remove her because she is effective.

Omars victory follows a rocky first term in Congress. She was forced to apologize for her antisemitic comments and faced scrutiny for marrying her political consultant not longer after denying she was having an extramarital affair.

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In the wake of George Floyds police-custody death, Omar made headlines recently by calling for the abolition of the police department in Minneapolis in favor of something new.

Two other members of “The Squad”—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)—have also survived primary election challenges. The fourth member, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), did not face a challenger.

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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speak at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019. (Holly Kellum/NTD)

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