US Election: Somalia-born Ilhan Omar Retains Seat In Congress

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RC1AD128E460

The Somali-American congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has retained her seat in the US Congress for the Democrats.

Omar won 64.6% of the vote against the 25.9% of her closest contender, Republican Lacy Johnson.

Omar said her success would mean a lot to young men and women.

She said,”I believe that my victory reflects the result of being honest politically, particularly when someone serves her people with a developmental and promising mindset.

“If someone wins a seat, whether it is city council or school board or state house or Senate or Congress, we should know that we are just ordinary people, and act ordinarily.”

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She said her opposition to US President Donald Trump would go on if he was re-elected.

“I think our struggle will resume. As you know, this president is not a president who wants to co-operate with people.

“I feel he is an irresponsible president who doesn’t care about equality and he doesn’t want to serve everyone equally. I believe people share this sentiment with me.”


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