Somali-Born Woman Makes History in U.S. Midterm Polls
Voters in the United States have been going to the polls in an election that many view as a referendum on President Donald Trump's first two years in office. In Minnesota, Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar has beaten Jennifer Zielinski, a Republican, and makes history as the first Somali-American in the U.S. Congress. The Washington Post reports that Omar has 78.5 percent of the vote. Omar was born in Somalia and fled the country to escape civil war at age eight. For the next four years, she lived in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigrated to Minnesota in 1997.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 7 November 2018
Somali-American Ilhan Omar won a seat for the Democrats in Minnesota - one of the first two Muslim women ever to sit in the House of Representatives Read more »
Ilhan Omar's victory tweet.
This is Africa, 7 November 2018
Today we celebrate Ilhan Omar who has made history becoming first Somali American, and first refugee ever to be elected to Congress. Omar, together with Rashida Tlaib, also become… Read more »
VOA, 6 November 2018
With control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on the line, Americans are heading to the polls Tuesday (November 6, 2018) in a midterm election that many view… Read more »
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