5th District election updates: Omar wins reelection

Here are the latest updates for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District race:

  • As of 8:44 p.m., the Associated Press declares that Ilhan Omar has won reelection to the U.S. House in the Fifth Congressional District in Minnesota. As of 10 p.m., Omar held 64.4% of the vote, compared to Johnson’s 25.8%.

Omar released the following statement Tuesday night:

"Two years ago we made history in Minnesota, and changed the politics of Washington.

"We shifted the narrative of who can serve in Congress. We changed rules and so that a Muslim woman with a hijab can vote on the House floor We held a corrupt president accountable. And we made it possible for generations more who look like us to serve.

"But most importantly: we built solidarity.

"We invited people—not corporations or special interests—to set the agenda and changed the politics of what is possible. We centered marginalized people in our politics. We didn’t allow fear and hatred to divide us – because we know that my destiny, your destiny and the destiny of workers around the world is linked. And true democracy means self determination for millions of working class people across this country.

"Tonight’s results are an affirmation of our agenda.

"This is all possible because we met people where they are. It’s about building relationships and trust with people. Not transactional politics but transformational politics that creates transformative change.

"Along with the DFL, our campaign made over 1.4 million outreach attempts through phones, texts, and in person outreach. Because of those efforts, we are on track to turn out more votes than in any election ever recorded in the Fifth. That is what happens when we prioritize solidarity and connection over fear and isolation.

"But our work does not end here. It will take all of us to transform our vision into reality. It will require solidarity like we’ve never seen before.

"Now is our chance to ensure that people are not economically exploited with poverty wages by raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. Now is our chance to make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in taxes. Now is our chance to guarantee paid sick and safe time for working people across the country. Now is our chance to center people’s material needs in our politics—needs like breathable air, an end to endless wars, and investment in our schools.

"The people who are telling you that we are somehow radical for wanting to feed our children, house our families, and make sure we have a livable planet are not the ones who are putting America first.

"The real America First Agenda is one that puts all people first.

"We are building a movement that sees my oppression as inherently tied to your oppression, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted. Together.

"Today’s vote, the results of this election, is not the end, it is just the beginning."