Ilhan Omar's historic win is a big step for America, supporters say

"It's something to be very proud of."

The 2016 elections were memorable, to say the least. But presidential battles aside, the election was also historic – both for Minnesota and the U.S.

Minneapolis District 60B just elected Ilhad Omar as state representative. This makes Omar America's first Somali-American woman in a state legislature, ever.

"We're very proud of that," said Abdisamad who attended Tuesday night's Ilhad Omar Election Night Party at the Courtyard Marriott in Minneapolis.

Omar's supporters say this is a big step forward for America and shows the nation believes in progress.

"It means what America has built and what it's building to be and where we're heading," Saida Hassan said. "It's something to be very proud of."

Several young Somali-American women echoed that excitement, calling Omar a "role model" who "gives young girls hope."

As far as what Omar's win means in terms of Donald Trump's upcoming presidency, supporters say it's too early to tell. But they're hopeful.

"I am very proud to be American, Somali-American, African American," Fadumo Ali said. "I have been so worried the past few days. [America] is going to take a direction. A good direction or bad direction. Either candidate is equal to me."

Ali went on to say that the most important thing is that Americans support one another.

"United we stand, divided we fall," Ali said. "Muslim, Christian, Jews, doesn't matter... We are all human beings."

Ilhan Omar previously beat out long-time District 60B Democrat Phyllis Kahn in the primaries to be the Democratic nominee on Tuesday's ballot. Kahn is currently in her 22nd term.

Next Up


St. Cloud State blanked by UMass in national championship game

Minnesota had three teams in the Frozen Four but didn't claim the national title.

BLM mural in West St. Paul.

Minnesotan's fight to save his BLM mural gets international coverage

West St. Paul told Ryan Weyandt the art violates city code.

Alex Rodriguez

Reports: Alex Rodriguez part of group finalizing deal to buy Wolves, Lynx

The former MLB will become part-owner of the Wolves and Lynx.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Accumulating snow expected in parts of Minnesota on Monday

Far northwestern Minnesota stands the best chance for higher snow totals.

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 1.53.51 PM

Police looking for 'person of interest' in connection to woman's killing

The public is advised to avoid approaching him and to call 911.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, April 10

Cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in Minnesota.

Gabe Kalscheur

Gabe Kalscheur announces he's transferring to Iowa State

The former Gopher guard entered the transfer portal last month.


Asked about restrictions, Walz says Minnesota is in a 'hold pattern'

Meanwhile, the governor of Michigan is urging people to stay home to slow the spread.

walz and zapko

Watch: Beloved MN sign language interpreter profiled on Today Show

Nic Zapka's work made her an internet celebrity last year.

White Bear Lake Area High School

White Bear Lake students hold walkout over racist social media comments

School officials are investigating the anonymous Instagram account.


Democrats, now what? 'We've got a lot of soul-searching to do'

Some plan to influence change at the local level, others just want to leave the U.S.

Video: What matters most to young voters in a presidential candidate

From character to health insurance costs, we asked young voters what matters most to them in choosing a presidential candidate.

Ilhan Omar says D.C. cabbie called her 'ISIS,' threatened to remove hijab

Omar says the driver subjected her to "the most hateful, derogatory, islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced."

Here's Donald Trump's first White House-ish video address

Here's what Donald Trump and his transition team want to get done right away.

Report: Dozens of hate incidents in MN following the election

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there were 867 hate-related incidents in the U.S. following the election.

Do you know what to bring with when you go to vote?

Do you need your ID? A bill? Your apartment lease?