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No endorsement: State Rep. Kahn to face newcomer in primary

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A political newcomer won enough support to deny veteran State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, endorsement for a 22nd term on Saturday.

To win the endorsement, a candidate must receive 60 percent of the vote. After five rounds of balloting, Rep. Kahn picked up 147 votes (56.3 percent) and Minneapolis School Board Member Mohamud Noor had 113 votes (43.3 percent), FOX 9 says.

Noor, a Somali activist, blocked Kahn's endorsement at the DFL Senate District 60 convention, which has become a competitive state House race between the growing political power of Minneapolis' Somali-American community and Kahn's 40-plus years experience, according to Politics In Minnesota.

Now, Kahn and Noor must campaign toward an Aug. 12 primary in order to secure the party's nomination for the November general elections.

"It's a harder race in this district, but I expect to win it," Kahn told MPR News. "I've won contested primaries before."

“I deeply respect Representative Kahn, but I think they have spoken that there’s a time for change,” Noor said, according to the Star Tribune. “And I think we are moving towards that change.”

Saturday's event was peaceful compared to a precinct caucus in January where police were called in because people were pushing and shoving. About 500 people took part in Saturday's convention, FOX 9 says.

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