Up to 90 Muslim Americans jumped into races for everything from school board to Congress since the start of the election cycle, reported The Associated Press. While only about 50 candidates remain since the recent primaries, the number is still higher than it has been since before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comparatively, only about one dozen Muslims ran for office in 2016.
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Presently, there remains nine Muslim candidates for Congress, according to Jetpac, a not-for-profit aimed at building American Muslim political infrastructure. Moreover, the group estimates 18 Muslim candidates for state legislatures and 10 additional Muslim candidates for various state and local offices.
While the number of Muslims running for office is up, the rate of success has not been especially high. However, Muslims are expected to perform more competitively in Michigan, which has one of the country’s biggest Arab-American populations, according to Geoffrey Skelley, an associate editor for one of the Center for Politics’ websites at the University of Virginia.