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Title: Ilhan Omar beats primary challenger in Minnesota
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URL Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/ ... challenger-in-minnesota-394053
Published: Aug 12, 2020
Author: ALLY MUTNICK and MAX COHEN
Post Date: 2020-08-12 08:50:50 by Ada
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Views: 36
Comments: 4

Omar is the third member of the liberal 'Squad' to defend her seat successfully this summer.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday fought off a well-funded primary challenger who accused her of pursuing a national profile at the expense of her Minneapolis district.

Omar defeated local lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux, who was backed by pro-Israel interests angered by the freshman lawmaker’s rhetoric and foreign policy stances. Omar led by about 17 points when The Associated Press called the primary for the safe Democratic seat.

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One of four minority congresswomen elected in 2018 known as the “Squad,” Omar gained national attention for her Twitter clashes with President Donald Trump. She became a prominent voice in the progressive movement, but drew criticism over her comments on Israel that some deemed anti-Semitic.

She once suggested that pro-Israel lawmakers had dual allegiance to both the U.S. and Israel, and that Israel had “hypnotized the world.”

Throughout the campaign, Melton-Meaux presented himself as a unifier who could build consensus in Congress. He cast Omar as an out-of-touch politician more interested in social media spats than delivering for her constituents.

Pro-Israel interests funneled money toward Melton-Meaux, who raised a staggering $3.2 million in the second quarter. He used the windfall to outspend Omar on the air by a 2 to 1 margin. A top spending super PAC, with ties to a pro-Israel group, kicked in $1.5 million on TV ads to boost Omar.

The congresswoman’s win is all the more impressive considering she was left largely unprotected by progressive groups who fixed on helping fellow “Squad” member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), in her primary last week.

"Ilhan Omar has fought for her constituents with courage and a positive progressive vision," Justice Democrats Executive Director Alex Rojas said in a statement. "Despite all the manufactured hype and money spent attacking them, the Squad is winning, it's growing, and is here to stay."

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Omar was backed by prominent figures like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She forcefully pushed back against Melton-Meaux’s charge that she was not looking out for her consituents.

Elsewhere in the emerging battleground state — which Trump is contesting after nearly flipping in 2016 — both parties finalized their fall matchups.

Two years after he was ousted during the 2018 midterms, former Rep. Jason Lewis won the GOP nomination to face Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), who was appointed to the Senate and won a special election in 2018 to finish the term of former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

In a top GOP congressional target in Western Minnesota, former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach beat five other Republicans for a chance to face Rep. Collin Peterson in his massive rural district that Trump carried by a whopping 31 point

In another rural seat where Trump is popular, Democrat Dan Feehan and GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn are headed for a 2018 rematch. And Democratic Rep. Angie Craig, who beat Lewis to win a Trump-carried seat, will face Marine veteran Tyler Kistner.

In a nearby suburban Twin Cities seat, healthcare executive Kendall Qualls won the nod to face freshman Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips. But that seat has been trending rapidly toward Democrats and is not expected to be particularly competitive this fall.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

Corruption does not even begin to explain this. I told everyone she will win again because of the Somali Corruption

"Call Me Ishmael" -Ishmael, A character from the book "Moby Dick" 1851. "Call Me Fishmeal" -Osama Bin Laden, A character created by the CIA, and the world's Hide And Seek Champion 2001-2011. -Tommythemadartist

TommyTheMadArtist  posted on  2020-08-12   11:54:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: TommyTheMadArtist (#1)

because of the Somali Corruption

So Somali corruption can beat Jewish money? Good to know.

Ada  posted on  2020-08-12   15:34:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Ada (#2)

Read up on Laura Loomer exposing what happened last time. Budloads of the same group of Somalis went from precinct to precinct and voted for her. There were videos of it happening. The secretary of state did nothing. She had 5 challengers and they all lost because of the same thing. This woman is a criminal and the people of Minnesota do not want her, yet here we are. When the republican candidate beats her, you will see our state in crisis because something clearly went wrong and Omar will still be handed the office. It is not Jewish money wrecking this country it is Saudi money. They have a lot more than you think. Do you honestly believe Jews would be importing Muslims to every white European country? Their mortal enemy??? I started to think about this and I see it as a response to Jewish power, and it begins and ends in Mecca and Medina.

"Call Me Ishmael" -Ishmael, A character from the book "Moby Dick" 1851. "Call Me Fishmeal" -Osama Bin Laden, A character created by the CIA, and the world's Hide And Seek Champion 2001-2011. -Tommythemadartist

TommyTheMadArtist  posted on  2020-08-14   8:32:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: TommyTheMadArtist (#3)

In this case, though, the Jews wanted her out and "pro-Israel interests funneled money toward Melton-Meaux, who raised a staggering $3.2 million in the second quarter. He used the windfall to outspend Omar on the air by a 2 to 1 margin."

I assume she won because she has lots of Somalis in her district who got out the vote for her. Perfectly legitimate.

Ada  posted on  2020-08-14   8:57:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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