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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:52 PM

Rep. Ilhan Omar Defeats Antone Melton-Meaux, 3 Other Challengers In Primary Election

Source: CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Incumbent Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has won Minnesota’s 5th District Primary Tuesday evening.

The race was hotly contested, as Omar faced four challengers from her own party, including heavily-funded Antone Melton-Meaux. His campaign spokesman told WCCO he conceded at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday’s election was also a test of Minnesota’s absentee-voting system, with unprecedented numbers voting by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Election results were delayed because of the influx of absentee ballots which were sent in.

Omar was first elected to the seat in 2018, becoming the first Somali American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. She won that crowded primary field by more than 18 percentage points, and has since made her mark as a progressive and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. She was endorsed by the DFL and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Read more: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/08/11/rep-ilhan-omar-defeats-antone-melton-meaux-3-other-challengers-in-primary-election/

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Reply Rep. Ilhan Omar Defeats Antone Melton-Meaux, 3 Other Challengers In Primary Election (Original post)
Polybius Aug 11 OP
JoeOtterbein Aug 11 #1
geardaddy Aug 11 #2
pazzyanne Aug 11 #5
scarletwoman Aug 11 #3
rpannier Aug 11 #4
AZ8theist Aug 11 #6
onetexan Aug 11 #7
Judi Lynn Aug 11 #8
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theaocp Aug 12 #10
iluvtennis Aug 12 #11
burrowowl Aug 12 #12
alp227 Aug 12 #13
melman Aug 12 #14
DeminPennswoods Aug 12 #16
George II Aug 12 #18
OneCrazyDiamond Aug 12 #19
NurseJackie Aug 12 #21
RhodeIslandOne Aug 12 #23
NurseJackie Aug 12 #24
RhodeIslandOne Aug 12 #26
NurseJackie Aug 12 #27
RhodeIslandOne Aug 12 #28
NurseJackie Aug 12 #32
Hortensis Aug 12 #29
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Hortensis Aug 12 #33
RhodeIslandOne Aug 12 #35
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OneCrazyDiamond Aug 12 #38
NurseJackie Aug 12 #39
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Voltaire2 Aug 12 #41
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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:57 PM

1. K n R ! Thanks for posting!

Great news!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:10 PM

2. I voted for her.

and voted for the first time by mail.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:20 PM

5. I couldn't vote for her (not in my congressional district),

but glad she won.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:14 PM

3. Very glad to see this! Thank you for posting the news!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:18 PM

4. Donated to her campaign

Almost everyone I donated to won.
Makes me happy

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:24 PM

6. Well, DUH!!!

FUCK the fucking RACISTS!!!
(not that there any racists in the Dem primary, one hopes...)

BUT..
Especially those on the Reich Wing side who were demanding she "go back" to wherever.....

I hope she remains in politics for DECADES to come. America NEEDS her voice. PERIOD.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:28 PM

7. Woohoo!!! Omar won by 57% of the vote vs her opponent's 39%.

Well done Rep Omar!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:43 PM

8. Hooray, hooray! Good for her. She held her own again. Best wishes to Ilhan Omar. ✨🎆⭐️

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:03 AM

9. We Are Thrilled at This Household!

We are thrilled at this household. I will never forget how she challenged Eliot Abrams about his reprehensible human rights record in Guatemala! As a human rights activist I visited Guatemala survivors on three delegations for my national church’s human rights organization. I am so proud of her for telling the world about his record when he went before congress. I sent her a beautiful thank you card and a photo of myself at the Forensic Anthropology Center in Guatemala City.
Bless her and bless her work!!!!! We donated to her campaign.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:04 AM

10. It seems like her constituents are pleased.

Congratulations, Rep. Omar.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:55 AM

11. Yipee!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 01:18 AM

12. Wow! I am so happy she won!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 01:37 AM

13. Not a well written article

Had to watch the embedded video just to see that Omar got 57% of the vote, yet the article directly references her 2018 primary result

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 01:59 AM

14. The Squad continues to crush it



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Response to melman (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:52 AM

16. They do

Much to the chagrin of some...

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Response to melman (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 09:30 AM

18. "It"?

Last edited Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:30 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to George II (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 09:41 AM

19. Found on google

Crushing it is a common expression used when someone is doing their job particularly well, or exceeding all of their goals. Unlike the the literal definition of the word “crush” (to destroy with force to the point of injury), “crushing it” has an extremely positive connotation

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:12 AM

21. Where might I find a list of her legislative accomplishments?

Crushing it is a common expression used when someone is doing their job particularly well, or exceeding all of their goals.
Where might I find a list of her legislative accomplishments? I'll be interested in learning what all the excitement is about.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:53 AM

23. You shouldn't be so obvious

 

It's really not a great look.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:02 AM

24. Okay, so I'll take that as a "no" regarding that list of legislative accomplishments.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:09 AM

26. Rep. Omar is one of 232 Democrats in the House

 

Y'know, we don't run around demanding every single one of them post their accomplishments. We are happy they are there. But for a few souls, some just have a real bee in their bonnet and make it obvious. Every. Single. Time.

Happy for Omar. The racial attacks from the right have been blatant and disgusting. It's sad there are a few here fully ready to piggyback off that just because someone's "not going with the flow" a small percentage of the time. Kinda weird for someone who likes to complain about certain states not being diverse enough, then whines about a strong candidate from a diverse district.

Kudos to Nancy, Elizabeth and the Minnesota Senate delegation (all women!) for endorsing her!

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:19 AM

27. I think it's perfectly reasonable to inquire about her...

Y'know, we don't run around demanding every single one of them post their accomplishments.
We also don't run around boasting that "every single one of them" is crushing-it. I think it's perfectly reasonable to inquire about her legislative accomplishments, so that we can all see exactly how she's "crushing-it".

It's sad there are a few here fully ready to piggyback off that just because someone's "not going with the flow" a small percentage of the time.
I haven't seen any evidence of that. I think it's a mistake to characterize legitimate criticism (and very mild at that) as being racially motivated. When people do that, it reveals a position of weakness when they choose to not address the substance of any criticism and instead focus on imagined (and incorrect) motives.

Kinda weird for someone who likes to complain about certain states not being diverse enough, then whines about a strong candidate from a diverse district.
What in the world are you talking about? Who has complained about "certain states not being diverse enough"?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #27)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:36 AM

28. Hey, have a great day

 

I hope Mr Melton-Meaux's ethics investigation works out for the best. $4 million is a lot of money to lose a primary.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #28)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:05 PM

32. That's quite the non-sequitur!

I hope Mr Melton-Meaux's ethics investigation works out for the best. $4 million is a lot of money to lose a primary.
That's quite the non-sequitur! Completely irrelevant. How does that relate to what we were previously discussing? Why do you believe that his disposition or campaign budget is something I'd care about?

Hey, have a great day
So, that's it? No response to my questions? No clarifications about the vague insinuations? Okay, whatever.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:38 AM

29. RhodeIsland, my husband's Jewish, and both he and I are

also 100% committed to protecting representative government. That's HUGE for us, especially as the Republicans and Russia work to destroy our democracy.

I will never support anyone for power who would approve election tampering to steal it away from the majority of voters. My disapproval of those who do support those candidates is disapproval for inadvertently (and shamefully for some, deliberately) empowering the right. And my fear is this weakness in democracy's great bastion. Where's the rock-hard commitment to battling the rise of the authoritarian right to protect their own rights, ALL of them!, by protecting their vote?

It's way past time to face up to how some on the farther left helped enable the Republican power theft in 2016. They knew they were pulling in the same direction on the same rope as the Republicans and Russian intelligence and they did it anyway. The consequences are dreadful, and it may now be too late to stop the authoritarian takeover we're watching. We'll find out.

Btw, have you noticed that there's been a great rise of antisemitism on the far left to march with that on the far right? A dangerous common element that's been used for evil purposes many times.
It's not coincidental to what's happening on the right, and we will also witness a deliberate fostering of this common passion if we can't turn this around. That's guaranteed.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #29)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:44 AM

30. I'm curious as to what that specifically has to do with this particular thread?

 

I abhor all bigotry and intolerance, including and especially antisemitism.

But I'm not following the specifics as it relates to this primary. I know that a lot of people including the President have called Rep. Omar "un-American" and engaged in very typical anti-Muslim tropes up to and including calling her a terrorist.

I'm in no way saying Omar is the best rep in the House, but it's satisfying those bigoted assholes who troll her Twitter with horrible insults were spanked last night and will be again in November. And whomever poured 4 million bucks into this race is walking away very disappointed.

Thanks in advance.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #30)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:20 PM

33. Many who "abhor all bigotry and intolerance, including

and especially antisemitism" have found themselves on the wrong side of history by not paying attention to the details. I find it useful to try to imagine what candidates would do with power if all restraints on power were removed, or if they were surrounded by people who shared and encouraged their faults. Are they the type to draw strong, principled, ethical lines they won't cross? (Wouldn't supporting election tampering/theft answer that?)

As for the rest, to have good government we have to elect good people, period. Which brings my thoughts around to the happy prospect of good character and judgement in office, VP Biden and Senator Harris.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #33)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:43 PM

35. You seem to be making two implications here

 

I'm not going to ask further about one, for your own sake. It will get you infracted.

But the second one....are you insinuating someone committed voter/election fraud in this race?

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #35)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 01:32 PM

36. No. To the best of my knowledge there's been no

attempted election theft among major Democratic races for anyone to endorse or just hope would succeed. And we'd of course know about any promises to do that.

Oh, sure, Russia continues on (without stopping since 2016) and reportedly had been trying to use Sanders and Gabbard to defeat Democrats, but Sanders said no to Russia and the GOP and yes to Biden/Democrats, and the voters negated Gabbard's usefulness. Of course it doesn't hurt that no one got anywhere near Biden the entire time, in spite of all hostile efforts to promote others, no doubt frustrating the plotters in Russia big time.

But it's really on point to note that the kind of high-quality Democratic candidates we virtually always have at the top of the ticket, like Biden and Harris and the rest this time, would never do that kind of thing. They just never would. And those are the quality of people we should be filling every office with.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 04:20 PM

38. There are tons of sites for that.

This is probably the most authoritative.

https://www.congress.gov/member/ilhan-omar/O000173?searchResultViewType=expanded

When I looked, it seems she only sponsors or co-sponsors bills. I wouldn't expect a lot to become law until McTurtle and The Greatest, Most Dootiful Clown King are gone.

The excitement seems to be she won her primary when others said she wouldn't.

Do you disapprove of the freshman Congress Woman, or are you wanting to see her do more?

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #38)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 04:33 PM

39. I really have no strong feelings about her one way or the other.

Do you disapprove of the freshman Congress Woman, (sic) or are you wanting to see her do more?
I really have no strong feelings about her one way or the other about that congresswoman. I'm mostly neutral, neither here nor there. I can tell you that the politicians I get most excited about (or the ones that I'm most impressed with) are the ones who actually stand out with their legislative accomplishments, or for their achievements with committee assignments and the role played therein, or for the things they do to benefit the Democratic party, and defend candidates from liars and false-accusations, or for the things they've done on behalf of their constituents. Know what I mean?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #39)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 04:39 PM

40. Yeah I am right there too.

I get to vote in California.

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Response to George II (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:55 AM

31. It

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Response to George II (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 05:34 PM

41. I wondered what the angle would be.

And as usual it is the usual.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #41)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 05:39 PM

43. "Angle"?

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Response to George II (Reply #43)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 05:41 PM

44. Angle.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #44)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 05:44 PM

45. From my plane geometry classes in High School, I learned there are several types of angles:

Acute
Right
Straight
Reflex
Obtuse

So which is it?

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Response to George II (Reply #45)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:00 PM

46. Try a dictionary.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #46)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:09 PM

47. I already know what the definitions of each of those angle are, but....

.....don't know which of them you're referring to.

Try again?

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Response to George II (Reply #47)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:15 PM

48. Try the dictionary again

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #48)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:19 PM

49. No thanks. No surprise.

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Response to George II (Reply #49)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:54 PM

50. Alright then.

Good to see you, as always an engaging discussion.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 06:42 AM

15. Excellent!!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 09:02 AM

17. This win should send a message that his racist tropes aren't working.

Of course, he’s too stupid to listen to anyone but himself. As Abraham Lincoln said, “He who serves as his own counsel has a fool for a lawyer and a jackass for a client.” Yep, that fits Trump perfectly.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:03 AM

20. Actually

she kicked his ass pretty good. He was pretending to be something he wasn't and the voters saw through it. Go Ilhan!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:16 AM

22. The people spoke. I'm not thrilled with the choice some voters

made, though.

Here in GA, the 14th district will have a Republican congresswoman who's suddenly become nationally famous for supporting QAnon. But locally, she's been known much longer for her vicious attitudes toward Jews and nonwhites, and that's what got her elected. Of course in that district. Her ugliness has no cover and needs none there.

Today's swell of acceptance and endorsement of antisemitism on the left is scary because too many who will vote to empower it imagine they're with us in the battle against the dangerous and ugly passions it is only one representation of. Some fellow warriors.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 11:06 AM

25. Ugh! She sounds like a real peach! I'm sorry for Georgia.

Today's swell of acceptance and endorsement of antisemitism on the left is scary because too many who will vote to empower it imagine they're with us in the battle against the dangerous and ugly passions it is only one representation of. Some fellow warriors.
I appreciate reading your thoughts and observations. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #25)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 12:36 PM

34. There's a thread all about her here

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 05:38 PM

42. On the left? That qanon Nazi is 'left'?

What are you talking about?

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