Ilhan Omar is expected to become the first Somali American elected to US Congress [File: Jim Mone/AP]

Somali American legislator Ilhan Omar neared another first by winning the Democratic primary in a congressional race.

Omar, who drew national attention just two years ago by becoming the first Somali American elected to a state legislature in Minnesota, led a field that included former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher.

If Omar wins in November in the reliably liberal district, she would be the first Somali American elected to Congress.

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