Ilhan Omar wins again

Omar kept her seat with nearly 65% of the vote.


Parker Johnson

U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar addresses a socially-distanced crowd at a student event at the Knoll on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

by Minnesota Daily News Staff

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, has won her bid for reelection by a landslide.

With 96% of precincts reporting, Omar defeated Republican challenger Lacy Johnson with 64.8% of the votes, according to the Associated Press.

Following a hotly debated primary, Omar easily won in a district that has voted blue since 1963. Her clash with Democratic primary opponent Antone Melton-Meaux raised issues about both candidates’ campaign finance irregularities.

“Tonight’s results are an affirmation of our people-centered agenda,” said Omar in her victory speech to the DFL. “The people who are telling you that we are somehow radical for wanting to feed our children, house our families, and make sure we have a livable planet are not the ones who are putting America first.”

Omar arrived on the University of Minnesota campus Tuesday alongside Sen. Tina Smith to encourage voter turnout among young people. Before she was elected to the U.S. House, Omar represented District 60B, which encompasses the University of Minnesota area.

“Students have made us proud of the turnout of young people, their enthusiasm, their energy, their activism is really shaping our country, and I am just incredibly honored to know them to – to organize with them,” said Omar.

In her first term as a lawmaker on the national stage, Omar has voiced support for policies including Medicare for All and canceling student debt.

“Now, is our chance to ensure that people are not economically being exploited with poverty wages by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour,” said Omar in her speech. “Now is our chance to guarantee paid sick and safe time for working class people across this country.”

Omar also discussed the record high voter turnout in Minnesota’s fifth district, and stated that along with the DFL, her campaign has made over 1.4 million outreach attempts.

J.D. Duggan and Hana Ikramuddin contributed to this report.