CAREER ON THE LINE: Ilhan Omar To Compete In Brutal Primary Battle
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Far-left representative and anti-Semite Ilhan Omar will compete in a brutal primary battle on Tuesday after she has endured a rough couple years from critics for her anti-Semitism, affair, divorce and constant anti-American rhetoric.
The primary race comes after two other members of "The Squad," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, won their primary races.
Check out what Politico reported:
Omar (D-Minn.), one of the group’s four liberal women of color who were first elected in 2018, has drawn national attention with her repeated clashes with President Donald Trump — as well as accusations of using anti-Semitic tropes in articulating her position on Israel. Now, her opponent is trying to turn that notoriety into a liability, saying it’s come at the expense of the needs of her Minneapolis district.
Bankrolled by pro-Israel donors, Antone Melton-Meaux has spent more than twice as much as Omar on television ads, and outside groups have kicked in to increase his advantage.
When speculating whether or not Omar would win her primary race, Politico said:
Melton-Meaux, a Black mediation lawyer, is trying to turn Omar’s celebrity into a negative by casting himself to voters as someone who will eschew the spotlight and controversy and deliver for the district.
He raised a whopping $3.2 million in one quarter and nabbed an endorsement from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which in an editorial that suggested his “thoughtful approach holds out the promise of building common ground.” (The newspaper hit Omar for missing votes in Congress — which Omar campaign spokesman Jeremy Slevin disputed as a "dated and cherry picked statistic" — and funneling campaign funds toward her now-husband’s political consulting firm.)
Omar is being vastly outspent on the air, a dynamic that is usually concerning for an incumbent. Melton-Meaux has spent nearly $2.1 million on TV ads, compared to Omar’s $875,000, according to data compiled by the media tracking firm Advertising Analytics. Omar has invested some $400,000 on digital ads but Melton-Meaux has $1.5 million in outside help.
A high-spending super PAC, Americans for Tomorrow’s Future, has also waded into the race, spending close to $2.5 million on mailers and TV ads criticizing Omar and boosting Melton-Meaux. The group had previously contributed to DMFI PAC — a pro-Israel super PAC that unsuccessfully tried to save Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in his primary with Jamaal Bowman — and uses Anedot to process payments, a firm popular with Republicans until it was recently usurped by WinRed.
Another group has sent mailers urging voters who typically vote Republican to participate in the Democratic primary and cast ballots for Melton-Meaux. Voters in Minnesota do not register with a political party.
Omar drew the ire of pro-Israel leaders this year when she made comments that many of them have deemed anti-Semitic. She tweeted once that Israel had “hypnotized the world” and said that U.S. lawmakers supportive of Israel had a dual allegiance to that country and their own.
Progressive groups, who spent big to help Tlaib in her primary last week, have not done much to back up Omar. The congresswoman’s internal polling from early July showed her with a big lead — but some operatives in the party fear this primary will be much closer than Tlaib’s.
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