MP Ilhan Omar defeated her Democratic challenger, lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux, on Tuesday, who drew attention for taking her off guard during the election campaign, the Associated Press predicted.
The race has attracted attention in recent weeks: Melton-Meaux said he supported Omar’s first run for Congress in 2018, but criticized her for the number of votes she missed.
“She’s been ineffective in Washington because she’s split and focused on her celebrity,” Melton-Meaux told The Associated Press.
As a member of the progressive “squad” of four women in Congress, Omar was elected along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, as one of the first Muslim-American women in Congress. Her outspoken criticism of President Trump and her advocacy of far-left ideas have attracted national attention, and the attention around the Somalia-born progressive lawmaker – and her Twitter feed – have made her a target for Republicans and even some other Democrats.
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And Omar is no stranger to the controversy. He apologized at the beginning of her tenure in Congress for making comments that are considered anti-Semitic.
Omar has the support of some of the biggest names in politics – like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Massachusetts progressive leader Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – whom she joined in the campaign when the populist champion ran for the democratic presidential candidacy.
She also enjoys the support of leading Minnesota Democrats such as Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, State House Speaker Melissa Hortman, and Attorney General Keith Ellison. And she’s backed by local trade unions and the State party as she runs for a second two-year term, representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District – which covers much of the city of Minneapolis and for the nationwide protests sparked by George’s death Floyd hit zero by the police.
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In the fight for campaign money, Melton-Meaux raised a whopping $ 3.2 million for fundraising campaigns in the April-June quarter, as filed with the Federal Election Commission. That far exceeded Omar, who raised nearly half a million dollars over the same period. Melton-Meaux reported that he had $ 2 million in his campaign box at the end of June, almost double Omar’s $ 1.1 million in cash.
At the local level, Melton-Meaux has received recognition from the Star Tribune, Minneapolis’ largest newspaper.
“Whether it is health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux is progressive but pragmatic,” said the editorial team. “While Omar wants to lead a movement, Melton-Meaux tries to serve the fifth district.”
The editors also knocked on Omar’s “missteps,” including her inflammatory comments on Israel and campaign funding issues.
Omar’s election campaign knocked on doors – an act typical of any other election cycle but highly unusual during the coronavirus pandemic.
Omar’s campaign returned quietly to a knock on the door in early July, with logs of social distancing and face-covering.
“There’s an element that simply can’t be restored if you’re not in person,” Claire Bergren, Omar’s campaign manager, told the New York Times.
Melton-Meaux has cited the controversy surrounding Congressmen as the reason for his decision to take office. He has argued that Omar “has lost the trust of the Jewish community because of its impervious and harmful tropics”.
Omar also faced questions about payments to her husband’s company, which reportedly received more than $ 1 million from its campaign in the 2020 cycle. She was recently specifically asked about $ 600,000 that went to her husband’s company in the first three weeks of July.
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“I’m not paying my husband. I pay the company for the work and that [$600,000] is really an example of this work, ”she said at a recent debate. “It was the first time we did a TV ad, which is surprising to me as we’re not used to that in the fifth. That money was used to run that ad and to make sure we had digital ads to be sure We have literature that is sent to our constituents because for us it is a choice. “
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.