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Ilhan Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) |  Photo: U.S. House of Representatives

Steve Karnowski and Mohamed Ibrahim
Created: August 11, 2020 09:46 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a stiff primary challenge from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity.

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Omar defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who raised millions in anti-Omar money. The victory means Omar is nearly certain to easily win a second term in November in her solidly liberal district.

Melton-Meaux used the cash to paper the district and flood airwaves with his “Focused on the Fifth” message that portrayed Omar as out of touch with the Minneapolis-area 5th District. Omar had rejected that, saying she was being targeted by powerful interests just because she’s effective.

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Steve Karnowski and Mohamed Ibrahim

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