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Omar raises $830K despite Trump backlash

Associated Press

Minneapolis – U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who’s engaged in an intensifying feud with President Donald Trump, has raised nearly $830,000 in the first quarter for her re-election campaign.

Campaign finance reports show the Somali American – and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress – drew many out-of-state contributions and ended the quarter with just over $600,000 cash on hand.

The Minnesota Democrat and Trump have sparred in recent days over a video he boosted on social media criticizing her for supposedly dismissive remarks about the Sept. 11 attacks. Trump told KSTP-TV during a visit to Minnesota Monday he has no regrets about posting the video.

Omar represents a reliably liberal Minneapolis-area seat. Her recent remarks on Israel and the power of Jewish influence in Washington prompted speculation that she might face a primary challenge. But no challenger has emerged, and progressives across the country have rallied to her side.