Democratic Party endorses Ilhan Omar in congressional race

Published 5:47 pm Monday, June 18, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — The Democratic Party has endorsed Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar in a crowded race to fill U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s seat in Congress.

Omar won the DLF endorsement Sunday in a three-way contest. She told a cheering crowd of supporters that she hopes to build on the momentum of the party’s convention as she heads toward a competitive August primary election.

As the first Somali-American to serve in a state legislature, the first-term lawmaker from Minneapolis is a rising star in Minnesota politics and has positioned herself as a “counter-narrative” to President Donald Trump and his efforts to clamp down on immigration.

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Omar and four other candidates are seeking to fill the vacancy created by Ellison’s decision to run for Minnesota attorney general.