Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, center, celebrates with her children after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
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President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar.Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature."I myself would have been part of the travel ban," Omar said on the campaign trail.Her victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a House seat from the immigrant-rich Minneapolis area depended heavily on support from people who feel persecuted in Trump's America and voters who empathize with them. No Republican has won the heavily liberal district since 1962, making the primary the de facto election, though Omar will face Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski in November.Energized by the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Trump and his supporters, as many as 90 Muslims have run for national or statewide offices in this election cycle, including at least 15 in Minnesota.They include Mohamud Noor, who won Tuesday's primary in Omar's state House district and will likely become the first Somali-American man elected to the Legislature; Hodan Hassan, a woman who won in a neighboring legislative district; and Fardousa Jama, a woman who advanced to the general election in a Mankato City Council race.
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