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Tlaib wins Conyers’ seat; Congress to get 1st Muslim woman

August 8, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a U.S. House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s District 13 primary race, meaning the 42-year-old daughter of Palestinian immigrants is set to win the seat in November’s election.

She would take the spot held since 1965 by John Conyers, who stepped down in December citing health reasons amid charges of sexual harassment.

Tlaib defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district.

Sally Howell is director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She calls the win “a huge victory for the Arab and Muslim-American communities.”

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