Omar will succeed US Rep. Keith Ellison, who gave up the safe seat in a heavily Democratic Minneapolis-area district to run for state attorney general.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races.
Omar addressed key points she plans to address in Congress to a crowd brimming with supporters on Tuesday. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US. "And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me".
In Michigan, voters elected Rashida Tlaib to fill a seat vacated by John Conyers, who resigned past year after allegations of sexual misconduct. Congressman Andre Carson, who is Muslim and African American, won re-election in his safely-Democratic district in the state of Indiana.
Though she once called Israel an "apartheid regime" that was guilty of "evil doings", Omar has softened her tone recently, coming out against the anti-Israel boycott movement and voicing support for a two-state solution.
Both women have spoken at events for the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations. "We were talking about the politics of joy", Omar said in her victory speech.
Researchers found that people identifying as Republicans were most likely to hold negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.
- Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) November 7, 2018BuzzFeed homepage celebrates the election of an Islamist radical anti-Semite who married her brother.
Tlaib is the oldest of 14 children born to Palestinian immigrants, and is the second Palestinian American elected to Congress after Michigan Republican Justin Amash, BuzzFeed reported.