Two US Muslim congresswomen win re-election

Muslim-American Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have won re-election to the US House of Representatives, with both lawmakers projected to secure an overwhelming majority of the votes in their respective districts in Michigan and Minnesota.
After being elected as the first Muslim women to Congress in 2018, both lawmakers comfortably fended off primary challenges in August to secure a second term for their Democratic seats.
Tlaib and Omar have faced incessant attacks from President Donald Trump as well as criticism from officials in their own party over their outspoken stances against the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.
Still, their comfortable re-election demonstrates their appeal to their constituents. In 2018, Tlaib and Omar won their primaries in a large pool of primary candidates. This year, they replicated that success when going against a sole challenger.
Ilhan is the first veiled Muslim female representative who became naturalized after seeking refuge from Somalia in the 1990s. Rashida Harbi Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin, is an American politician and lawyer serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district since 2019.

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