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Minnesota election results: U.S. House 5th District

08 November 2018

Two Midwestern states will both be the first to send Muslim women to Congress come 2019. Multiple outlets have called the race.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan's 13th House District on Tuesday, defeating three other candidates, including a write-in campaign by Detroit's City Council president, Brenda Jones.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", she said amid cheers.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah".

Ilhan Omar, who has spoken openly about her time as a refugee in Kenya, was elected as the first Muslim woman to represent the State of Minnesota in Congress in Tuesday's election.

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races.

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Tlaib, a Palestinian American, will take over the seat vacated by former Rep. John Conyers.

Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to be elected to the Minnesota legislature or any elected office in the United States, is also part of a historic wave of women looking to clinch higher.

Omar arrived in the U.S., aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia.

In Michigan, voters elected Rashida Tlaib to fill a seat vacated by John Conyers, who resigned a year ago after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Also elected for the first time in MA was a black Congresswoman. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

Minnesota election results: U.S. House 5th District