First Two Muslim-American Women Elected To Congress Won Their Re-Election Primaries

Congratulations to Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar!

Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first two Muslim women elected to the United States Congress, have won their primaries for re-election — both of them by a landslide. 

This past Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar won her primary in Minnesota’s historically Democratic 5th Congressional District, which includes the entire city of Minneapolis. Omar is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen of African birth and the first woman of color from Minnesota to be elected to Congress. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, defeated Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the Democratic 13th District primary in a closely watched race. The first-term incumbent scored 66% of the vote against Jones’ 33%. The last time the two campaigned against each other in 2018, Tlaib won by a tiny margin, beating Jones by only about 900 votes out of roughly 89,000 cast.

Omar and Tlaib both received endorsements from fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

Each of the women will move on to the general election, which takes place on November 3, 2020. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, as well as 35 of 100 senate seats, and the office of President of the United States will be voted on. 

This year’s general election is generating much concern due to a lack of federal funding for USPS, which carries the burden of processing most of the country’s ballots this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We found a handy guide with voting information specific to each state here. Find out if you’re registered and how to get a mail-in ballot in your area as soon as possible, as significant delays are expected

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Father Passes Away From Coronavirus

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Minnesota Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s father passed away, she announced Monday night, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) complications.  

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away today due to complications from COVID-19,” Omar said in a statement released by her office. 

Omar and her father came to the US in 1995, seeking refuge from Somalia’s civil war. She has since become one of the first Muslim women, and the first hijabi, to be elected into the House of Representatives.  

Omar’s campaign has included many stories of how she was mercilessly bullied as a child and she has previously recounted her father as being her constant support. 

“They are doing this to you because they feel threatened in some way by your existence,” she remembered her father telling her. 

Since COVID-19’s outbreak, Omar has battled legislation regarding rent and mortgage cancellation. In the last few days, COVID-19 cases have been declining in Minnesota. 

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