In a relatively short period of time, Ilhan Omar has proven to be one of the worst Congresswomen in the entire U.S. House of Representatives.
And the fact that she married her brother is the least of America’s problems.
But now, Omar is shaking in her hijab after she saw the latest poll in this special election race.
Two for the price of one
Residents in southern Minnesota will have an interesting ballot on August 9 voting in both a special election and a primary for the same seat.
Their Congressional District, MN-1, is a swing district.
First, residents will be voting in a special Congressional election.
Republican Jim Hagedorn turned the district red for the first time in a dozen years when he won the seat in 2018.
Hagedorn won the open-seat by only a half-point, or about 1,300 votes.
Rep. Hagedorn won re-election in 2020, despite fighting cancer at the time.
This time around he won by two full points.
Unfortunately, Hagedorn died in February of this year.
A primary was held in March.
Attorney Jeff Ettinger won the Democrat primary for the special election in a landslide.
But the GOP contest was hotly contested, with Former Director of USDA Rural Development for Minnesota Brad Finstad coming out on top.
The Squad is watching
Minnesota’s First Congressional District neighbors woke Squad member Ilhan Omar’s 5th Congressional District.
And Omar didn’t like what she saw in the first polling released in the special election.
The Survey USA poll found Finstad leading Ettinger by 8-points, 46-38.
Another good sign for Finstad and the GOP is the primary turnout back in March.
Ettinger received about 10,000 votes in his primary, where only about 16,000 Democrats showed up.
Meanwhile, 36,000 GOP voters turned out for the primaries, with Finstad and his chief rival, Jeremy Munson, each garnering more than 13,000 votes – with only about 450 votes separating them.
Republicans out-showed Democrats in the primaries by more than double.
No rest for the weary
Munson says he plans to vote for Finstad in the special election and hopes he wins.
However, Munson only wants Finstad to be in office for about four months.
Southern Minnesota voters won’t only be voting in this special election on August 8, they’ll also be voting in the primary for the November general election.
In that primary, Finstad and Munson will have a rematch, with the winner likely going on to face Ettinger – regardless of who wins the special election.
The district stretches across southern Minnesota along the border with Iowa and includes Rochester, Austin, and Mankato.
While most voters in the district will be voting in both the special election and primary in MN-1, not all will.
Some residents will be represented by different seats following redistricting.
Those voters will only take part in the special election, while voting in the primaries for their new district.