Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) fended off a primary challenge from Antone Melton-Meaux in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday, making her the latest member of the so-called squad to win renomination.
The Associated Press called the race for Omar, who garnered 57 percent of the vote to Melton-Meaux’s 39 percent. Omar will face Lacy Johnson in November after he easily won the GOP primary Tuesday.
Omar wasn’t the only member of the squad — a group of four progressive women of color in Congress — to overcome a primary challenge this year. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also beat out Democratic rivals this summer.
But Omar faced perhaps the toughest challenge of any of them. Melton-Meaux locked down several notable endorsements and proved to be a prolific fundraiser capable of blanketing the airwaves with ads. In the second quarter of the year, he pulled in $3.2 million to Omar’s $470,000.
Melton-Meaux’s fundraising success forced Omar to go on the offensive in the final stretch of the race. She unleashed an attack accusing Melton-Meaux, a lawyer, of working for “one of the worst union-busting law firms in the country.”