US House race to watch: Ilhan Omar vs Lacy Johnson | US & Canada

The Somali-American congressman is expected to be re-elected by a wide margin in the heavily democratic Minnesota Fifth District.

Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar is seeking her second term in Congress.

The 38-year-old Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress in 2018, is known as a member of the so-called “Squad” of four newly formed Liberal Democratic women in Congress.

She is also the first Somali-American member of the US Congress.

The candidates

Omar takes on Republican challenger Lacy Johnson for Minnesota’s fifth congressional district.

Michael Moore from the Legal Marijuana Now Party is the third candidate in this race.

Your backgrounds

Omar has built a national profile that began when the one-time Somali refugee was elected into Minnesota law in 2016.

Their aggressive advocacy of liberal issues, their anti-Israeli statements and their willingness to stand against US President Donald Trump have made them even better known.

It has often been the target of criticism and defamatory comments from the President and other Republicans.

Last month, Omar hit back on Trump calling him “racist” after belittling her and falsely suggesting she was not American during a campaign rally.

Omar is vocal about other U.S. foreign loyalties, including relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In an interview with Al Jazeera last year, she said: “Our alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates is immoral. I think it’s one of the most absurd alliances; it doesn’t match any of our values. “

Meanwhile, her African-American GOP rival Johnson is a first-time political candidate.

The 66-year-old is a businessman and entrepreneur with an IT background.

Problems:

According to her website, Omar advocates a “fair immigration system” that provides health care to all and guarantees working families access to public education and economic justice.

In terms of foreign policy, she calls for an end to US military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

Her rival Johnson has campaigned to rebuild the U.S. economy hit by COVID-19, reformed the education system, and created opportunities for the poor and the colored.

I want to make a better offer to my roommates than I am now.

The crime rates are increasing.

Ilhan Omar would rather divide us, disappoint our police and dismantle our communities.

I want to strengthen and unite us! POLL!

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– Lacy Johnson (@LacyJohnsonMN) October 7, 2020

He has pledged to “restore its sanity to Congress”.

“Radical left-wing politics have failed major American cities for far too long,” said a call for funds from the Johnson campaign.

“Ilhan Omar’s first term in Congress has been plagued by numerous scandals, corruption in campaign funding and a virulent hatred of Israel.”

Outlook:

This is widely viewed as an uncompetitive seat and Omar is expected to win by a wide margin in this highly democratic district.

In 2018, Omar won against their Republican challenger by 56 points.

The last time a Republican won in this district was in 1960.