Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on Minnesota Precinct Caucuses

MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Omar visited caucus sites for 64 precincts in all corners of the district during Tuesday’s caucuses, including Fridley, Robbinsdale, North Minneapolis, and Philips. Additionally Ilhan for Congress had campaign presence at over 180 precincts—the overwhelming majority of all precincts in the district. That included more than 70 Team Ilhan Caucus captains trained from precincts across the district and over 100 volunteers and elected officials speaking on the Congresswoman’s behalf.

“It was so exciting to see the groundswell of support in the 5th District last night,” Rep. Omar said. “In 2018, we received 20,000 more votes in the primary than the closest opponent and won 78% of the votes in the general election. We increased voter turnout by over 100,000 people over the previous midterm election, giving us more votes than 428 Members of Congress and any new Member of Congress.”

“As Minnesotans, we know that elections have consequences. We turn out to caucus and vote in higher margins than almost anywhere else in the country because we believe in advancing a bold and progressive agenda that creates a more just and equitable world. And we plan to have even higher turnout in 2020—because when we organize, we win,” 

About Ilhan Omar: In 2018, Ilhan was elected to Congress representing the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota. In her first year in office, she successfully passed 16 bills and amendments through the U.S. House of Representatives. Ilhan introduced the Student Debt Cancellation Act to end the student debt crisis, Homes for All legislation to end the homelessness crisis, and legislation to tackle child hunger by making school meals universal. Ilhan cosponsored the No Ban Act to combat Donald Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban, successfully pushed to extend DED status for the Liberian community in Minnesota, and introduced a War Powers Resolution to prevent a war with Iran. 

She is Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Midwest Regional Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Ilhan believes in co-governance with her district. She has held two dozen town halls, over 1,000 meetings with constituents and was recently awarded the Profile in Courage Award from the Town Project for her consistent engagement with constituents, even in the face of threats to her safety.