Republican voters also chose a candidate in a campaign for a congressional seat in Minnesota in a district that went to President Donald Trump in 2016 by a wide margin and is currently represented by endangered Democratic rapper Collin Peterson.
These were some of the high-profile results from a series of races Tuesday in Georgia, Connecticut, Vermont, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Omer defeated a well-funded Democratic challenger in the Minnesota 5th Congressional District on Tuesday.
The congresswoman had faced attacks from challenger Antone Melton-Meaux that she is divisive and overly focused on building a national profile, but she eventually dominated the race.
Democratic rappers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, also members of the “Squad,”; had faced similar attacks in their primary races but had managed to avoid those challenges earlier this year.
Melton-Meaux, a lawyer running a mediation practice and a first-time candidate for the elected office, did not have as much national profile as the challengers competing against Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib, but he still amassed a considerable amount of money. He had raised more than $ 4.1 million since July 22, according to Federal Election Commission data, while Omar had raised about $ 4.3 million as of the same date.
Omar’s open support for progressive priorities has given her a committed follow-up on the political left. At the same time, her rhetoric about Israel has made her a target of criticism from Republicans as well as some members of her party. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from California and other members of the House Democratic leadership once went so far as to publicly call on Omar to apologize for comments they said included “anti-Semitic trophies.”
Omar apologized after her reprimand by Democratic House leaders and sought to limit the damage and win over skeptics.
As she struggled to retain her seat, Omar had the support of Pelosi, who approved her re-election bid. Sens. Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren, along with leaders and other progressive organizations, led by Justice Democrats, also gathered for Omar ahead of primary school.
GOP Candidate Who Embraced QAnon Conspiracy Theory Wins Georgia Runoff
A major Republican runoff for the 14th Congressional District of Georgia, located in the northwestern corner of the state, drew national attention as a result of Green promoting the savage and baseless conspiracy theory called QAnon.
Greene has repeated and promoted QAnon theories and phrases, praising the mythical Q as a “patriot” in a video from 2017 and describing conspiracy theory as “something worth listening to and paying attention to.”
Although the theory is vague enough to invite all sorts of interpretations from its worshipers, at its core QAnon claims that Trump has been secretly fighting to bring down a taxi of pedophiles who worship Satan, which has infiltrated all levels of US government and other elite institutions.
Despite this, Greene prevailed Tuesday in a primary run-off against GOP opponent John Cowan, raising the question of what national Republicans would do in response.
The seat for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District currently holds Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who has served in the House since 2010 and announced last year that he will not seek re-election.
Republicans elect a candidate for the Trumphest district represented by a Democrat
In Minnesota, Republican voters chose their candidate in a campaign to win a House seat, with CNN predicting that Michelle Fischbach will win the GOP primary of the 7th Minnesota Congress.
The district is currently represented by House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, a Democrat. Peterson Circle voted for Trump by a larger margin than any other represented by a Democrat, making him among the most vulnerable Democrats in 2020.
Essential to the Republican on Tuesday was a five-way race, with former Minnesota military governor Fischbach and retired Air Force chief Dave Hughes among the top high-profile candidates.
Fischbach won GOP approval for the district in May during a virtual party congress, while Hughes ran against Peterson in 2016 and 2018 when he won nearly 48% of the vote for Peterson 52%.
CNN’s Simone Pathe, Michael Warren and Greg Krieg contributed to this report.