Ilhan Omar faces center rival; open house seat in Vermont

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the left’s biggest stars, faces a challenge from the center in his Minnesota primary on Tuesday, while Vermont Democrats will choose a candidate for an open US House seat who is likely to make history as the first woman representing the state in Congress.

Another key race is unfolding in western Wisconsin, where Democratic Rep. Ron Kind’s retirement after 26 years in office opens up a House seat in a district that has trended Republican. Among the candidates running in the Republican primary to replace Kind is a former Navy SEAL who attended the Jan. 6, 2021 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington that preceded the riot at the US Capitol.

Minnesota is also holding a special election to fill the remaining months of Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s period after his death earlier this year from cancer. And voters will select full-term nominees representing the largely rural, Republican-leaning district.

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