Rep. Ilhan Omar beats Antone Melton-Meaux in DFL primary

The rookie Congresswoman is set for a second term.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar has beaten challenger Antone Melton-Meaux in the primary for the Democratic nomination in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

With almost 93 percent of precincts reporting, Omar had a 57.12% to 39.58% lead over Melton-Meaux with more than 150,000 votes in, with the latter conceding shortly after 9 p.m.

The results from Tuesday's primaries are considered "unofficial" till later this week, with absentee ballots still counted until Thursday provided they were posted before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The rookie representative faced a strong challenge from the moderate Melton-Meaux, whose campaign attracted support from Republican donors and PACs seating to unseat the more progressive incumbent.

It was the most intriguing matchup in an otherwise predictable round of primaries, with millions of dollars spent in the 5th District.

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Omar is almost certain to win a second term in one of the safest Democratic seats in the country, though will face a challenge from Republican Lacy Johnson, who beat challengers Daniella Steele and Dalia Al-Aqidi to the nomination.

Legal Marijuana Now candidate Michael Moore will also be standing.

In other early results Tuesday, Republican Jason Lewis unsurprisingly took the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Tina Smith this November.

And former Minnesota lieutenant governor Michelle Fischbach has taken an early lead for the GOP nomination to challenge long-serving DFL incumbent Collin Peterson in Minnesota's 7th District.

A couple of Minneapolis DFL state incumbents appear to be in trouble, with Rep. Raymond Dehn and Sen. Jeff Hayden both down to Omar Fateh and Esther Agbaje respectively.

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