Somali-American llhan Omar wins primary in Minnesota’s fifth district

A Somali-American Legislator Ilhan Omar is on the cusp of another first after winning Minnesota Democratic US House primary Tuesday.

Omar, who drew national attention two years ago when she became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislator, won a Democratic congressional primary in a Minneapolis-area district.

Responding to the win, Omar said, in a statement, that  “Tonight we are celebrating because we engaged and empowered our community and we won!”

“Our campaign staff, our volunteers, and the people of the Fifth Congressional District are the inspiration we need to get up every day and fight for a democracy that guarantees a more just and equitable society.”

Rep. Keith Ellison left the seat to run for state attorney general. He won his primary Tuesday night for that job, just days after denying allegations he physically abused his ex-girlfriend.