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Midterm election: 58% Muslims vote for Democrats, 16% Republicans

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Thursday released the results of its nationwide live telephone exit poll survey of registered Muslim voters.

The snap poll contacted mobile cellphone users and was conducted November 8th to 9th, 2022 by Voicelogic.

CAIR's poll of 211 registered Muslim voters with mobile cellphones indicated a high Muslim turnout, with 74 percent reporting that they voted in the midterm election.

The top three issues motivating Muslim voters in the election were the economy (31%), followed by civil rights (16%) and social issues (13%).

Fifty-eight percent of Muslim voters reported voting for Democratic Party candidates and 16 percent reported voting for Republican candidates. Another 22 percent declined to answer which political party they voted for.

Looking ahead to the next presidential election, 40 percent of Muslim voters reported that they did not "want President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024," while 20 said they did want Biden to run for re-election, while 27 percent were unsure, and 13 percent declined to answer the question.

Tuesday's midterm election saw historic wins for Muslim Americans in local, state and federal elections.

At the national level, three incumbents were re-elected to the House of Representatives: Andre Carson of Indiana, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

State incumbents did well: Iman Jodeh in Colorado; Saud Anwar and Maryam Khan in Connecticut; Madinah Wilson-Anton in Delaware; Ako Abdul-Samad in Iowa; Abdelnasser Rashid and Nabeela Syed in Illinois; Christopher Benjamin in Florida; Sheikh Rahman in Georgia; Mana Abdi in Maine; Omar Fateh, Hodan Hassan, Mohamud Noor and Keith Ellison (the first Muslim in Congress, now attorney general) in Minnesota; Aboul Khan in New Hampshire; Mujtaba Mohammed and Nasif Majeed in North Carolina; Mauree Turner in Oklahoma; Munira Abdullahi in Ohio; Kayse Jama in Oregon; Jason Dawkins in Pennsylvania; Yasmin Trudeau in Washington; and Samba Baldeh in Wisconsin.

In Georgia, four Muslims were elected to the House and state senate. Nabilah Islam won in State Senate District 7, making her the first ever Muslim woman elected to the Georgia State Senate.

Ruwa Romman won her election for Georgia House District 97. She is the first Muslim woman ever elected to the Georgia State House and first Palestinian-American elected to any Georgia public office.

Farooq Mughal was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from District 105.

The three newly elected American Muslims will join Senator Rahman, who was the first Muslim to be elected to the Georgia Legislature in 2018.

82 candidates elected

On Thursday, CAIR and Jetpac Resource Center reported a final count of 82 local, state legislative, statewide, judicial, and federal American Muslim electoral victories in Tuesday's midterm election.

The 82 elected Muslim candidates in the midterm election is the highest since Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center (Jetpac) and CAIR started tracking the electoral progress of American Muslims. In 2020 elections 71 Muslim candidates were elected.

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