Rep. Ilhan Omar easily wins second term, defeating well-funded GOP challenger

Rep. Ilhan Omar was handily reelected to her second term in Congress on Tuesday night, fending off her well-funded Republican challenger.

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting in her Minnesota district, the Democratic congresswoman led GOP candidate Lacy Johnson by over 147,000 votes.

Johnson, a black businessman, raised $9 million in his long-shot bid to defeat Omar, blasting out mailers highlighting the many controversies that have disrupted the congresswoman’s first term, the Star Tribune reported.

Omar has several times stirred outrage over comments perceived to be anti-Semitic. The lawmaker also raised some eyebrows by funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to her husband’s consulting firm.

In August, Omar also easily held off another well-heeled challenger in the Democratic primary.

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