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Minnesota’s Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

UPDATE: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a stiff primary challenge from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity.

Omar defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who raised millions in anti-Omar money. The victory means Omar is nearly certain to easily win a second term in November in her solidly liberal district.

Melton-Meaux used the cash to paper the district and flood airwaves with his "Focused on the Fifth" message that portrayed Omar as out of touch with the Minneapolis-area 5th District.

Omar had rejected that, saying she was being targeted by powerful interests just because she's effective.

Find the latest election results here.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rep. Ilhan Omar is about to learn whether voters in her Minneapolis-area congressional district support the confrontational progressivism and celebrity that she brings to the job.

Omar, the first Somali American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, is facing a well-funded challenger in Minnesota's Democratic primaries Tuesday. He's Antone Melton-Meaux, a mediator.

The outcome may not be known Tuesday night if the results are close. Officials must count mail-in ballots that trickle in as late as Thursday under safety rules imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Republican challenger Jason Lewis easily won their primaries in the only statewide races on the ballot.

Find the latest election results here.

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and MOHAMED IBRAHIM
Associated Press

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