Ilhan Omar Defeats Jennifer Zielinski In Minnesota’s 5th District Race

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Americans created history on Tuesday when they elected two Muslim women - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - to Congress. She also has been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy.

Jones won the Democratic primary special election to finish the rest of Conyers' term, but lost the race for the 13th District full two-year term by about 900 votes.

Ilhan Omar in an October file photo. Her mother died when Ilhan was a child and she was raised by her father and grandfather.

Omar, who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

In 1995, they emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Arlington, Virginia and then moving to Minneapolis.

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In Minnesota, Omar, about 36 and a naturalised American citizen and state representative, follows another trailblazer: She will succeed US Congressman Keith Ellison, who in 2006 became the first Muslim elected to Congress and is stepping down to run for state attorney general.

Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have become the first Muslim women elected to Congress after both Democrats won their congressional midterm 2018 races.

She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American.

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Omar is running in Minnesota's strongly Democratic fifth congressional district.

She immigrated to the United States at age 12 and served as a Minneapolis City Council policy aide before winning election to the Legislature in 2016.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

"I'm Muslim and black", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview.

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