Historic Candidate Wins Endorsement for Minnesota Congressional Seat
State Rep. Ilhan Omar secured the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party’s endorsement for Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District race on Sunday afternoon at the party's convention. The 36-year-old declared her candidacy two weeks ago after incumbent Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), who’s also Vice Chair at the DNC, abruptly withdrew from the race to pursue the open state Attorney General position. Omar became the nation's first Somali American lawmaker when she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. Her family emigrated to the U.S., initially settling in Arlington, VA before moving to Minneapolis in 1995, where Ilhan quickly learned English in only three months. The North Dakota State University graduate would become the first Somali American member of Congress if elected. At least two others, Margaret Anderson Keliher and Jamal Abdi Abulahi, plan to run in the primary but did not seek the party's endorsement on Sunday. More here.