REPORT: Michigan set to send first Muslim woman to Congress
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Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, paving the way for her to become the first Muslim woman elected into Congress.
Tlaib, who ran for a House seat previously held by former Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), beat out five other candidates in the state’s Democratic primary, according to The Associated Press.
The article goes on to state the following:
Nn Republicans or third-party candidates ran in the primary, meaning that Tlaib is set to start a two-year term in Congress after the November election.
She would become the first Muslim woman and Palestinian-American in Congress, HuffPost reported.
“People think it’s corny ― I do want to change the world, and I want people like me to have a seat at the table,” Tlaib told HuffPost last month.
Tlaib served in the Michigan House from 2009 to 2014, according to the AP, which noted that the Democratic primary in her district, where she battled Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, was still too close to call as of Wednesday morning.
Thank you so much for making this unbelievable moment possible. I am at a loss for words. I cannot wait to serve you in Congress.
— Rashida For Congress (@RashidaTlaib) August 8, 2018
In the late 90’s, some Muslim leaders and organizations were debating whether or not Muslims should vote. Tonight, America might get its first Muslim Congresswoman: Rashida Tlaib projected to win the #MI13 primary to replace former Rep. John Conyers.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 8, 2018
The first Palestinian American woman, first Muslim American woman IS heading to the US Congress. History has been made and will continue to be made. Thank you @RashidaTlaib for inspiring us all. #DoneWaiting #MichiganPrimaries
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 8, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) August 8, 2018
My dear friend and strong progressive fighter @RashidaTlaib makes it through the primary in Michigan and WILL become the first Muslim American woman to serve in the US Congress!!!! Proud to have endorsed her and put our volunteers to work on her campaign! Congrats, Rashida!!!
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) August 8, 2018
Democrats pick former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib to run unopposed for congressional seat that former Rep. John Conyers held for more than 50 years. Tlaib would be the first Muslim woman in Congress. https://t.co/q6L8mRO2Yx
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) August 8, 2018
Former Michigan state legislator Rashida Tlaib, who won the primary election and has no opponent in November, is set to become the first Muslim woman in Congress https://t.co/qQGowF3Fi4
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 8, 2018
Rashida Tlaib IS the first Palestinian American, Muslim American congresswomen in US history.
A landmark moment!! pic.twitter.com/Pqq50nnllM
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) August 8, 2018
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