Ilhan Omar's Primary Win Set to Preserve 'The Squad' for Two More Years

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar managed to stave off a Democratic primary challenge from attorney Antone Melton-Meaux on Tuesday, setting her on course to be re-elected in November alongside her fellow "Squad" members.

Omar, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib have now won their primary races, with fourth "Squad" member Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley running unopposed in her primary next month.

All four members of the group of progressive freshmen elected in 2018 are expected to win re-election in November to serve another two years in the House.

Melton-Meaux, who managed to raise millions for his campaign, had sought to draw support away from Omar by accusing her of caring more about her national image than about her local constituents.

He also honed in on the incumbent's past comments on Israeli lobbying power, which some have branded anti-Semitic, and had the backing of some pro-Israel groups, according to Reuters.

Throughout her time as a U.S. representative, Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia and who was one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress in 2018, has faced widespread scrutiny and criticism over her stance on Israel. She also faced racist attacks and questions on her motives for joining Congress.

According to The New York Times, Omar managed to sweep to victory on Tuesday, winning 57.2 percent of the vote compared with Melton-Meaux's 39.4 percent.

"In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money," Omar wrote in a tweet celebrating her victory.

"Tonight, our movement didn't just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records," she said. "Despite the attacks, our support has only grown."

Omar's victory comes after both Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib swept to victory in their own races.

"Headlines said I was the most vulnerable member of the Squad," Tlaib said in a tweet celebrating her victory earlier this month.

"My community responded last night and said our Squad is big. It includes all who believe we must show up for each other and prioritize people over profits. It's here to stay, and it's only getting bigger," she said.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) campaigns at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Central Avenue on August 11, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Omar retained her seat as the representative for Minnesota's fifth congressional district after defeating her main challenger, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, in Tuesday's primary election. Stephen Maturen/Getty