Omar, who has develop into a high-profile lawmaker throughout her first-term in Congress, was broadly anticipated to win in the state’s closely Democratic fifth congressional district, however Lacy Johnson, her GOP opponent, nonetheless raised a major sum of money regardless of going through an uphill battle.
President Donald Trump endorsed Johnson in Might, placing a nationwide highlight on the GOP challenger that helped gasoline fundraising for his marketing campaign. A spokesman for the marketing campaign instructed MeSlop earlier this yr that the President’s endorsement generated a giant bump in fundraising.
In an interview with MeSlop in February, Johnson acknowledged that he confronted a troublesome race in the closely Democratic district.
“I do have a sensible probability, however let’s be trustworthy it is the identical kind of sensible probability I’d have of climbing Mount Everest or stringing a tightrope between the 2 World Commerce Middle towers and strolling between these. I do not child myself in regards to the issue of the duty that lies earlier than me,” Johnson stated, including, “The truth that it is troublesome and arduous, I welcome that.”
The final election win for Omar comes after she defeated one other well-financed challenger in a Minnesota Democratic major earlier in the yr.
Throughout her first time period in workplace, Omar, who made historical past together with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as the primary Muslim ladies to serve in Congress, attracted a faithful following on the political left for her outspoken help of progressive priorities.
However she additionally grew to become a high-profile goal of criticism, going through assaults from congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump. Congressional Democrats have rallied round Omar in the wake of the assaults from the President.
The congresswoman additionally confronted rebuke from members of her personal get together not lengthy into her tenure in Congress. Early in her time period, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and different members of House Democratic management as soon as went as far as to publicly name on Omar to apologize for feedback they stated included “anti-Semitic tropes.”
Omar apologized after a backlash from House Democratic leaders and has since sought to restrict the harm and win over skeptics.
As she ran to maintain her seat, Omar was capable of tout endorsements from high Democratic get together leaders from numerous wings of the get together, together with Pelosi in addition to impartial Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and her fellow members of the Squad: Tlaib together with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.