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Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim Congresswoman: Ilhan Omar set to follow

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is seen after voting during midterm election in Minneapolis Minnesota
Bennie Garza | 07 November, 2018, 15:39

She could be joined by 36-year-old Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Muslim woman who is expected to also win her race on Tuesday night.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

The seat Omar won, Minnesota's 5th district, was formerly held by Rep. Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim to take a seat in Congress. Ellison did not run for re-election as he sought the state attorney generalship.

Omar stated that President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to vie for the seat.

The Democrat lived in the Kenyan refugee camp till the age of 12 when she moved to the US.

The 2018 USA midterms, widely billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, saw voters make history by electing Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on the Democratic ballots as part of the wave of opposition that saw huge numbers of women running for public office.

In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature.

"We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

Like Omar, Tlaib championed progressive policies, including a Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage and immigration reform.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

The seat she won is in a predominantly African-American congressional district with few Muslim voters.

With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib's election on Tuesday became a formality.

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot. She could not speak English and only learnt by watching television. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

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