Michigan's Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim US Congresswoman
This is huge.
Rashida Tlaib is poised be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress after winning the Democratic primary in Michigan's 13th District, reports CNN.
The overwhelming favorite will not face a Republican opponent in November's general election — though she could see David Dudenhoefer, who did not qualify for the ballot, run as a write-in candidate.
Still, her fans are already calling it.
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"The winner of tonight's primary will win the election," Andy Goddeeris, Tlaib's campaign manager, said on Tuesday, reported CNN. "No doubt about it."
Should that happen, it would not only mark a historic win for Muslim Americans but a tidal shift post-#MeToo movement: The congressional seat Tlaib seeks to fill was previously held by former Rep. John Conyers, who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual harassment.
The eldest daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is one of more than 90 Muslim Americans running for office in 2018.
"It's not about just being out there and flaunting your faith," Tlaib told CNN last month. "I always tell people that I'm exposing Islam in such a pivotal way, an impactful way, through public service."
There are currently two Muslim men serving in the House: Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, and André Carson, D-Indiana, noted USA Today.
Tlaib’s win was met with a series of applause from around the nation.
“This is a huge victory for the Arab and Muslim American communities — it’s also a huge victory for the city of Detroit,” said Sally Howell, director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in a report from the AP. “Rashida Tlaib brings forward the legacy of John Conyers in terms of the groundbreaking role he played in Congress and his commitment to civil rights.”
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore echoed that sentiment in a tweet after the win.
VICTORY! Rashida Tlaib has won the primary in Detroit to become the 1st Muslim woman in Congress! She’s a Palestinian-American, she’s a Democratic Socialist, but most importantly, she has the heart & soul & courage to lead us to a better day. She and 1000 other Rashidas! Onward! pic.twitter.com/20cHnwb611— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 8, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Latina who recently won New York’s primary for the 14th District, also championed the progressive win on social media.
We had some major Progressive wins last night:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 8, 2018
✅ @RashidaTlaib won!
✅ @JamesThompsonKS won & made R+20 district R+4
✅ @Bell4STL won, defeated 27-yr incumbent to replace Ferguson DA
✅ Missouri voted down right-to-work by a 2-1 margin pic.twitter.com/nLq7sxATnx