MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a stiff primary challenge from a  well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity.

Omar defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who raised millions in anti-Omar money.

The victory means Omar is nearly certain to easily win a second term in November in her solidly liberal district.

Melton-Meaux used the cash to paper the district and flood airwaves with his ``Focused on the Fifth'' message that portrayed Omar as out of touch with the Minneapolis-area 5th District. Omar had rejected that, saying she was being targeted by powerful interests just because she's effective.

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