Victory for Bold Progressive Ilhan Omar Puts Second Muslim Woman on Historic Path to Congress

Following her victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Minnesota’s reliably blue 5th congressional district, progressive former refugee Ilhan Omar is widely expected to become the first Somali-American member of the U.S. House this fall—18 years after escaping her home country’s civil war.

Omar’s victory follows that of Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American former state lawmaker in Michigan, who won her own Democratic primary in Michigan’s 13th district earlier this month.

Omar beat out five opponents after campaigning on a progressive platform, speaking out in favor of Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and affordable housing as a right for all Americans.

Her economic agenda calls for strong protections against wage theft, a federal jobs guarantee, and investment in worker-owned cooperatives.

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