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Rising political star Ilhan Omar could run for Franken’s seat

Another possibility is state Rep. Ilhan Omar. Omar, a refugee and rising political star, became the first Somali-American woman elected to a state Legislature when she won her seat last year  “Behind the Headlines” documentary on Omar here).
On the GOP side, meanwhile, most of the well-known names mentioned so far are men, including former Governor (and one-time White House hopeful) Tim Pawlenty. But State Sen. Karin Housley told Minnesota Public Radio that she’s “seriously considering” a run, and CNN has also suggested former Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann could run.
Refinery 29 has reached out to a number of potential candidates for comment. We’ll update this post with their response if we hear back — and with other major names that emerge.
Whoever runs will need to hit the ground running on the fundraising front : The Star Tribune reported Thursday that each side will likely have to raise an eye-popping $15 to $20 million to win on such a short schedule.
Major Moment For Women In Politics Could Happen Franken’s seat won’t be the only coveted job up for grabs in Minnesota come November. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is also up for re-election and Dayton’s decision to retire means the governor’s mansion is wide open, too. So it’s entirely possible that voters there will elect women to the three biggest statewide offices in the state next November, making 2019 The Year of the Minnesota Matriarchy. That outcome would be a big deal on the national stage as well.Source: refinery 29

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