The special 5th Congressional District Democratic Party endorsing convention met on Sunday and voted to officially support state Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minneapolis) to replace Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) who is now running for state Attorney General. The hastily called convention drew the ire of many candidates and delegates, as the meeting was held on Father’s Day. Rep. Omar easily won the party endorsement on the second ballot, but two of the candidates, former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and engineer Jamal Abdulahi, did not even compete. The two will directly proceed to the August 14th primary ballot, as will state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (D-Minneapolis), who lost the endorsement to Mr. Omar.
Previously, the endorsing conventions seemed to control the Minnesota nomination process as most candidates ended their political quest if they lost at the party convention. This year is much different, however, as primaries in both parties are being initiated in virtually all competitive statewide and congressional district races.
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