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25 March, Monday

First Muslim woman in US Congress

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Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress after comfortably winning her Democratic primary election in the US state of Michigan.
The 42-year-old, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, won Tuesday's primary in the state's 13th congressional district, securing 33.6 percent of the vote, compared with the 28.5 percent her nearest rival Brenda Jones received. Bill Wild received 14.5 percent, according the Detroit Free Press.
No Republicans or third-party candidates entered the primary, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November's election for a two-year term that will begin in January. 
She is simultaneously running to serve out the last two months of John Conyers' term, who stepped down in December citing health reasons amid allegations of sexual harassment. That special election is still too close to call, according to the Associated Press, who said on Wednesday that Tlaib and her opponent, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, were in a dead heat. The winner of the race will also run unopposed in November's election and will serve out the last two months of Conyers' term.  
"Thank you so much for making this unbelievable moment possible. I am at a loss for words. I cannot wait to serve you in Congress," she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. 


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