Wednesday, November 08, 2006
In Minnesota, voters send first Muslim to Capitol Hill
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CNN) -- In what is an American political milestone, voters in Minnesota elected the first Muslim to ever serve in the U.S. Congress.
Keith Ellison, a state legislator and trained lawyer, on Tuesday defeated two other candidates in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, located in the Minneapolis area.
His victory was part of the Democratic wave that seized control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans.
The development was hailed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which said the result signals greater political participation by Muslims in U.S. elections.
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