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Democrats from Minneapolis and St. Paul coasted back to Congress Tuesday night.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was reelected to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District for a third term. Congresswoman Betty McCollum has also been reelected in Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District.

Omar defeated Republican challenger Cicely Davis, Decision Desk HQ declared shortly after 8 p.m. Precinct vote totals are not yet released.

At a recent town hall meeting in Richfield, Omar said she would prioritize housing, foreign policy, and environmental work in her third term.

Omar became the first Somali and refugee elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018. She was elected alongside a group of progressive freshman congresswomen of color—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib—who formed “the Squad,” a group that has since grown with the election of Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman in 2020. 

Omar narrowly defeated former Minneapolis City Council member and public safety advocate Don Samuels in the DFL primary in August. Omar received 51 percent of the vote. Samuels received 48 percent of vote and conceded with 98 percent of precincts reporting. 

With over 700,000 residents, the Fifth Congressional District is the most populous in the state and also the most safely Democratic. The district includes the city of Minneapolis and its outer suburbs.

Fourth District U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum Credit: Tony Saunders | MPR News 2018

Representative Betty McCollum has also been reelected in Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District, where she’s served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years.

McCollum defeated Republican challenger May Lor Xiong, according to Decision Desk HQ, which called the race shortly after polls closed. Xiong became the first Hmong candidate to win a Republican congressional primary in the United States in August. Vote totals are still being tallied.

The Fourth Congressional District includes the city of St. Paul and its surrounding suburbs.

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Hibah Ansari is a reporter for Sahan Journal and corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. She was named the 2022 Young Journalist of...