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Offbeat Michigan Democrat likely to be first Muslim woman elected to Congress

15:27  08 august  2018
15:27  08 august  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Former Michigan state representative Rashida Tlaib will become the US’s first ever Muslim woman elected to Congress after she won a Democratic primary election to represent Michigan ’s 13th district.

John Conyers, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress . The winner of that race will also run unopposed in November's election . Tlaib, 42, served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014.

Democratic candidate Rashida Tlaib is running for Us Congress in Michigan's 13th congressional district © Jeremy Moorhead / CNN Democratic candidate Rashida Tlaib is running for Us Congress in Michigan's 13th congressional district

Rashida Tlaib will likely be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress after CNN has projected her to win the Democratic primary in Michigan's 13th District.

Tlaib, who beat a crowded field of Democrats to win Tuesday's primary, will not face a Republican opponent in November's general election. She can still be opposed by a write-in candidate, but would be the overwhelming favorite in the deeply Democratic district.

"The winner of tonight's primary will win the election," Andy Goddeeris, Tlaib's campaign manager, said on Tuesday. "No doubt about it."

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Many Michigan Muslims live in Dearborn and Hamtramck, outside of the 13th Congressional District. And it will take more than a meta-narrative to beat the four other Democrats The people who argue that Tlaib may be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress usually make the following points

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Tlaib, the eldest daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of more than 90 American Muslims running for office this year. In 2008, she was the first Muslim woman ever to serve in Michigan's state legislature.

The congressional seat had been held by former Rep. John Conyers before he resigned in December amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Tlaib is also running in a primary for the special election in the district, and the winner will serve from November until the beginning of the next Congress. CNN has not yet called the results for that race. The general election primary Tlaib won is for the full two-year term that begins next January.

CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.

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