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Rep. Ilhan Omar survives close primary after campaign focused on policing

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) narrowly defeated a primary challenger in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. With all but a few precincts reporting, Omar led former Minneapolis city councilman Don Samuels by fewer than 3,000 votes. It was the narrowest win yet by an incumbent member of “The Squad,” the name adopted by six left-wing Democrats who defeated more moderate opponents in 2018 and 2020. The margin was also a surprise to supporters of Omar, who had prevailed in the face of millions of dollars in spending against her two years ago. In an interview Tuesday at an affordable housing apartment complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Richfield, Omar said she wasn’t surprised at the challenge from Samuel. “Tonight’s victory

Turnout was tracking lower this year than it had in 2020, another factor that liberals saw as a problem for Omar. While she had avoided the kind of multi-million dollar ad campaigns that brought down other Israel critics, Omar’s supporters called the win a triumph for grassroots politics. Local Democrats who opposed Omar said they’d done so because they felt the incumbent had gotten away from the district.