Iraqi Refugee to Run on GOP Ticket to Unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar

She might have a chance!
Ilhan Omar
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Another candidate has jumped into the fray in Minnesota and she may give Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) a run for her money.


Dalia al-Aqidi, a Muslim Iraqi refugee, has announced that she will be running for Omar’s congressional seat on the GOP ticket.

Defeating Omar

Minnesota is going to have more than its fair share of Republicans from which to choose in this election.

The names are starting to pile up in an effort to get Omar out of office.

Al-Aqidi presents a different challenge, though, as she is Muslim, she is a refugee from Iraq, and she is a journalist.

When asked why she is running against Omar, al-Aqidi put it very bluntly… “she needs to be stopped.”

With her background, al-Aqidi believes that she is “strong enough to beat her at her own game.”

One of the things that bothers the congressional hopeful about Omar is that “Every time she opens her mouth, she says something either anti-U.s. or anti-Semitic.”

Supporting her own case, al-Aqidi stated, “I am loyal to the country that gave me a chance, gave me a brighter future.”

Can She Win?

The support for Omar in her home state is a bit of a mystery.

We know that she, like AOC, is getting a lot of out-of-state money to back her campaign.

That is great for the war chest, but it does not change whether or not the people you are actually being paid to represent still support you.

Early in her term, Omar was being called out by the Muslim community in Minnesota for her controversial statements, so just how much they will support her this time around is unsettled, especially if someone like al-Aqidi ends up winning the nomination.

Their backgrounds offset and al-Aqidi has three decades of experience as a journalist, including time as a White House correspondent.

In addition to the long list of possible Republican candidates, Omar is expected to face a challenge from within the party.

As of today, there are two Democrat challengers for Omar to fight off.

John Mason, who is a local community organizer, and Antone Melton-Meaux, a local attorney.

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