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As many as 90 Muslim-American candidates ran for statewide or national office this election cycle, the most since at least Sept. 11, 2001, The Associated Press reported Monday.
Roughly 50 of those candidates remain after primaries, according to the AP. However, that number is higher than the roughly dozen Muslim-American candidates that campaigned in 2016.
The article goes on to state the following:
That number could still dwindle, as several Muslim-American candidates still face primary challenges in elections in Michigan and Minnesota, the news service noted.
There are still nine congressional candidates up for election, according to Jetpac, a nonprofit group that helps train Muslim-American candidates. Eighteen others are also campaigning for seats in state legislatures, and 10 are running for statewide offices, according to Jetpac data reported by the AP.
The following information is shared from the Associated Press report:
The next critical stretch of primaries is in August.
In Michigan, at least seven Muslim Americans are on the Aug. 7 ballot, including El-Sayed, who could become the nation’s first Muslim governor.
In Minnesota, the decision by Keith Ellison, the nation’s first Muslim congressman, to run for state attorney general has set off a political frenzy for his congressional seat that includes two Muslim candidates, both Democrats: Ilhan Omar, the country’s first Somali-American state lawmaker, and Jamal Abdulahi, a Somali-American activist.
But historic wins in those and other races are far from assured, cautions Geoffrey Skelley, an associate editor at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan political analysis website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
Omar’s chances of emerging from a field of five Democratic candidates in Minnesota’s Aug. 14 primary was bolstered by a recent endorsement from the state Democratic Party, but El-Sayed is an underdog in his gubernatorial race, he said.
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