Adnan Mirza, executive director of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that exit polls conducted by CAIR showed 90 percent of Muslims voting Democratic in the races for governor, the U.S. House and Senate, and Franklin County commissioner.

“I think you can almost say it was a mandate on issues that had been implemented by the Bush administration,” he said.

Wiretapping, extradition and civil liberties concerns, such as profiling, have cast Muslims in this country in a negative light and have had “a major impact on our community,” Mirza said.

“To see the first Muslim being elected to the House, especially against the personal attacks he had to face in this election, speaks volumes.”


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