MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Ilhan Omar has enough votes to be declared the winner of the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s fifth congressional district.READ MORE: Monday Will Be Season's Coldest Yet, With Flash Freeze Causing Icy Commute
Omar defeated Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Patricia Torres Ray, Frank Drake and Jamal Abdulahi in a crowded field.
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Omar’s victory Tuesday all but ensures she’ll set another historic mark as the first Somali-American in Congress. Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs that tilt heavily Democratic.READ MORE: MnDOT Brings In Extra Crews Ahead Of Icy Monday Morning Commute
Omar positioned herself as the best-equipped to counter President Donald Trump’s administration. She rose to national prominence after winning her legislative seat in 2016.
Rep. Keith Ellison currently holds the seat, but earlier this summer submitted his name for the DFL bid for attorney general after Lori Swanson announced her intentions to run for governor.
The Secretary of State’s office said as of last week, early voting was up nearly 200 percent from the 2016 general election.
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