Bummer. Rep. Ilan Omar defeated pro-Israel Dem Antone Melton-Meaux in her primary on Tuesday:
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a primary challenge from a well-funded Democratic opponent who made an issue of her national celebrity. The win means Omar is nearly certain to win a second term in November in her solidly liberal district. https://t.co/Uk1ynPA8dM
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2020
She’ll take on Lacy Johnson in November, but it’s a VERY liberal district and Omar will be heavily favored to return to D.C.:
I’m am just so thankful. We won big tonight in the MN5 primary.
Now, we face Ilhan Omar in November.
Voters will elect me because they know I will focus on the community, not a celebrity status.
Please retweet and contribute to my campaign below. https://t.co/yQgy7q1saD
— Lacy Johnson (@LacyJohnsonMN) August 12, 2020
Melton-Meaux had raised a ton of money:
“Bankrolled by pro-Israel donors, Antone Melton-Meaux has spent more than twice as much as Omar the on television ads, and outside groups have kicked in to increase his advantage.”https://t.co/aljaPxp81i
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 12, 2020
And this had pundits thinking the race, as well as primaries against AOC and Rashida Tlaib, could be competitive:
My latest column: Three members of AOC’s socialist “squad” are facing competitive primaries against more-moderate candidates. It’s another sign that the left’s influence is waning in a Biden-led Democratic Party. https://t.co/yXzyMdEBgM (link is FREE)
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 10, 2020
It's primary day for Ilhan Omar. Will The Squad lose one of its members today??? https://t.co/W4PrrDxt1x
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 11, 2020
The Squad is secure.