The United States Representative Ilhan Omar has won a second term in the US Congress.
Omar has been reelected to Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.
Ilhan Omar is the first Somali American, the first naturalized citizen of African birth, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in the United States Congress and one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib) to be elected to Congress in 2018.
She defeated her Republican challenger, Lacy Johnson, by 64.6 percent of the vote to 25.9 percent, according to AP news agency.
“This is just the beginning,” Omar said minutes after the victory.
“We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted. Together. Today’s vote – the results of this election – are not the end,” Omar said.
Omar has been the subject of several death threats, conspiracy theories, other harassment by political opponents, and false and misleading claims by Donald Trump.
Omar is now a member of the “Squad” of four freshman progressive Democratic congresswomen that includes Rashida Tlaib from Detroit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York City and Ayanna Pressley from Boston.