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

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib has won the 13th District race for U.S. House, a seat formerly held by Rep. John Conyers Jr.

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Last night, Omar and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

Omar and Tlaib are among 100 or more Muslims who ran for office in 2018, an unprecedented surge in political engagement, reported BuzzFeed. Eventually, she learnt the language by watching television. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so. New Mexico's Deb Haaland and Kansas attorney Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.

Omar was declared the victor in Minnesota's left-learning Fifth Congressional District - which includes Minneapolis and its suburbs, and has elected Democrats since 1960. She used that record of taking on corporate interests and defending local priorities as part of her campaign for election as a congressional representative. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.

In February, Omar spoke openly about what she saw as the president's prejudice against Muslims, saying there is no debate about "whether Trump is a racist".

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday.

Haaland and Davids join a number of Democrats who have flipped seats in the House of Representatives, helping their party seize control of the lower chamber from the Republicans and dealing a stern rebuke to Trump.

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