Minnesota election results: U.S. House 5th District

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.

She was joined shortly after on Tuesday night by Omar, who ran for the Democrats in Minnesota's fifth district.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the USA over two decades ago as a refugee. She will succeed the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated the seat to run in Minnesota's attorney general race.

Minnesota's first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country's first Somali-American elected to Congress.

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"We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

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Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

"I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were anxious about food as much as I was anxious about it in a refugee camp", Omar said in an interview last month.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever could become even more so after Tuesday's elections and will include several trailblazers.

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

Tlaib has advocated for universal health care, a $15 national minimum wage, union protections, and tuition-free college education. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", she said amid cheers.

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