Rep. Ilhan Omar holds off well-funded rival in Minnesota primary
Rep. Ilhan Omar easily held off a well-funded challenger Tuesday night to win her Democratic primary in Minnesota.
Omar — a member of a quartet of Congressional progressives known as “The Squad” — defeated four opponents, including newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, who accused the freshman lawmaker of focusing more on her celebrity than delivering for her constituents.
“Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change,” Omar wrote on Twitter after her victory. “Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records.”
With over 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Omar led her closest challenger, Melton-Meaux, a lawyer and mediator, by nearly 28,000 votes.
Omar pulled out the win despite being heavily outspent by Melton-Meaux, who raised millions of dollars to fill mailboxes and flood the airwaves.
“In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money,” said Omar.