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Michigan sends one of the first Muslim women to Congress with Tlaib victory

A Muslim woman from Detroit has won the congressional seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan's 13th House District on Tuesday, defeating three other candidates, including a write-in campaign by Detroit's City Council president, Brenda Jones.

No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Democrat who won a House seat in Minnesota, will join Tlaib in Congress.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress. He was running today to be Minnesota attorney general.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.
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