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CAIR Congratulates First Muslim Elected to Congress

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


Keith Ellison wins by two-to-one margin in Minnesota

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today congratulated Keith Ellison on his election to Congress in Minnesota’s 5th District. Ellison, who won yesterday’s election by a more than two-to-one margin, will be the first American Muslim elected to national office.

CAIR worked to mobilize American Muslim voters nationwide for yesterday’s mid-term elections. A CAIR survey released in October indicated that Muslim voters are religiously diverse, well integrated in American society, politically active, and lean toward the Democratic Party.

The full results of CAIR’s survey may be viewed at:

SEE: CAIR Rep Discusses Poll Results on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’
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“We congratulate Keith Ellison on his election to Congress and thank American Muslim voters for turning out at the polls in Minnesota and nationwide to support candidates of either major party who address their concerns,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad said the results of yesterday’s mid-term elections show that American Muslims are stepping up their political participation nationwide.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Legislative Affairs Director Corey Saylor, 202-488-8787, 571-278-4658, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833


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