Rep. Ilhan Omar is the likely winner of the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.
The race was much closer than many expected, with the squad member winning by just a few percentage points over their Democratic challenger, Don Samuels.
Omar was first elected in 2018 with 78 percent of the vote and was re-elected in 2020 with 64 percent of the vote.
“When I first ran for this office, one thing kept coming back to me. Something I’ve said over and over again to myself and to voters: I believe a better world is possible. I still believe that,” Omar said in a statement announcing her campaign for re-election, according to a report by WCCO.
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Omar is a staunch advocate for progressive causes, including supporting Black Lives Matter, student loan forgiveness and full court filling.
In March, Omar introduced a crackdown limit bill in response to the death of 22-year-old Amir Locke, who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police in February.
The Amir Locke End Deadly No-Knock Warrants Act would ban quick-knock warrants, all night warrants, the use of flashbang grenades or other explosive devices, chemical weapons or other military firearms during most raids.
In addition, legislation would place strict limits on when no-knock warrants relating to drug investigations can be served.
In July, Omar was booed off the stage at a major Somali Independence Day concert in Minneapolis.
WATCH: Ilhan Omar was booed off the stage at a Somali concert in Minnesota this weekendpic.twitter.com/lNm1aR3G6w
– Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 3, 2022
The event, held at the Target Center, celebrated the 62nd anniversary of Somalia’s independence and featured singer Suldaan Seeraar.
Rep. Omar was brought onstage to present an award to Seeraar, who was performing for the first time in the United States.
The Hill noted that her opponent in this race was supported by the Star Tribune editorial team, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D), and former Minnesota Secretary of State Joan Growe.
“Omar is likely to win a third term as data site FiveThirtyEight finds her seat has a plus 57 point partisan bias,” the report added.