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Ilhan Omar is facing a primary challenger.
Former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels announced he will once again run for the House seat.
New York Post reported:
Rep. Ilhan Omar got a prominent Democratic primary challenger Sunday when former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels announced he’ll try once again to unseat her after coming close in 2022.
Omar, a charter member of “the squad” of progressive House Democrats, won reelection twice despite making comments in her first term that were widely criticized for invoking antisemitic tropes and suggesting Jewish Americans have divided loyalties.
But Omar — a Somali American and Muslim — has come under renewed fire for condemning the Israeli government’s handling of its war against Hamas.
“Our congresswoman has a predilection to divisiveness and conflict,” Samuels said in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of his official announcement Sunday morning on WCCO Radio.
Samuels only lost the race by 2% in 2022.
He lost his 2022 primary campaign against the incumbent congresswoman by 2 percentage points, or about 2,500 votes.
What they’re saying: Samuels, who attacked Omar over her stance on police and past comments on Israel during the 2022 campaign, told the Star Tribune that the three-term incumbent has “dug a deeper hole, especially in this most recent (Israel-Hamas) crisis.”
“(She) continues to demonstrate that there’s an urgent need for new leadership.”