[Mujtaba Mohammed is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (bachelor’s) and North Carolina Central University School of Law. (Photo: @MMohammedNC]
Washington: Muslim Indian-American Mujtaba Mohammed, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (bachelor’s) and North Carolina Central University School of Law, has won the North Carolina State Senate elections.
The Democratic candidate for state Senate District 38, Mujtaba Mohammed, had in May ousted incumbent Joel Ford. In a four-way race in the May 8 Primary, the Indian American candidate earned nearly 52 percent of the 13,128 votes – tallying 6,814 – in unseating Ford from his chance at re-election.
For the first time, more than 100 Indian-Americans contested for Congress, Senate and in various US assemblies this mid-term elections. Of them over 50 were on the ballot on Tuesday. But, only few of them have won the highly polarised US election.
Mujtaba Mohammed, a former staff attorney at the Council for Children’s Rights and assistant public defender, ran for the North Carolina state Senate to fight for local children and families. Specifically, Mohammed has structured his platform on three “E” issues: Education, Economy and Equity.
“The importance of creating fairness and opportunity for all is critical to him. Giving priority to those most vulnerable in our community is his life’s mission,” Mujtaba Mohammed’s campaign website, www.mohammednc.com, said.
Besides Mujtaba Mohammed, other Muslim Indian American who contested the US midterm polls was Aftab Pureval. 35-year-old Indian-American of Tibetan descent Aftab lost to GOP incumbent Steve Chabot.
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09:18 pm (IST): Indian Americans fail to increase strength
The Indian Americans have failed to increase their tally in the US Congress even as four of the five existing members are set to retain their seats. Among them is Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian American to be elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, who registered her second consecutive win from the seventh Congressional District of Washington State.
However, Indian-Americans picked up more seats in the state assemblies. The community sent its member Ram Villivalam for the first time to the Illinois Senate and also elected a Muslim Indian-American Mujtaba Mohammed to the North Carolina State Senate, according to PTI.
Chicago-born Ram Villivalam, elected unopposed, became the first Asian-American State Senator and the first South Asian-American member of Illinois General Assembly ever.
Among the notable losers is Indian-American of Tibetan descent Aftab Pureval, 35. Aftab lost to GOP incumbent Steve Chabot. He was the first Democrat to get elected as the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in more than 100 years.
05:30 pm (IST): Republicans retain Senate control, shattering Democrats’ hope of ‘blue wave’
Donald Trump faced restraints on his presidency after Democrats won control of the Congress – the US House of Representatives, and pledged to hold the Republicans accountable after a tumultuous two years in the White House.
Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their control of the US Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race and immigration. But they lost their majority in the House, a setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.
With some races still undecided, Democrats were headed for a gain of more than 30 seats, beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.
02:30 pm (IST): Democrats pick up Senate seat in Nevada with Rosen win
Rep. Jacky Rosen is set to win her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, CNN can project, delivering a key Senate pick up for Democrats, according to CNN.
Heller’s campaign was defined by his awkward dance with President Donald Trump, someone that the senator flip-flopped on throughout the President’s first two years in office. After saying he was “99 percent” against Trump, Heller fully embraced him during his campaign for re-election.
Democrat Steve Sisolak is all set to defeat Republican Adam Laxalt in the race to become governor of Nevada, CNN projects.
12:45 pm (IST): One of Democrats’ biggest stars Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of Democrats’ biggest stars from this midterm cycle, is now officially the youngest woman elected to US Congress, Vox Media reported Tuesday.
Ocasio-Cortez — a democratic socialist who rose to fame after upsetting Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley earlier this year — easily won her race for New York’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday, with over 75 percent of the vote.
As a 29-year-old Latina, Ocasio-Cortez is part of a groundbreaking wave of women of color who are set to join Congress this term, including Sharice Davids and Ilhan Omar.
11:30 am (IST): 26 women elected to US Congress, set a record
Women candidates on Tuesday broke the record for the number of first-time House members, with 26 winning their elections as Democrats took control of the chamber, USA Today reported.
The previous record of 24 was set during 1992, the last “Year of the Woman.” Five women, meanwhile, have won governors’ races.
Next year’s freshman class will include women of color who have broken barriers in their states, plus the youngest woman ever elected to Congress – Democratic activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who turned 29 in October.
So far, 75 women have been elected to the House, as of 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Sixty-four of the House women are Democrats, including 25 of 26 newcomers, according to a USA TODAY analysis.
11:00 am (IST): In a first, two Muslim women elected to US Congress
Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar on Tuesday became the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress.
Rashida Tlaib took Michigan’s 13th congressional district in a race in which she was the only major party candidate.
Ilhan Omar on the other hand won Minnesota’s strongly Democratic fifth congressional district, replacing the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated his seat to run in the state’s attorney general race.
09: 45 am (IST): Democrats retake House, Republicans keep Senate: Projections
Control of US Congress will be divided next year, as Democrats won back the House of Representatives but President Donald Trump’s Republicans maintained their Senate majority in crucial midterms, AFP reported Tuesday citing local media projections.
Democrats will pick up the 23 seats necessary to win a House majority, Fox and NBC reported, as they knocked off Republicans in swing states like Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Colorado in elections seen as the first nationwide referendum on Trump’s performance.
But Republicans struck back in the 100-member Senate, where they ousted at least two Democrats, in Indiana and North Dakota, and held on to at-risk seats in Tennessee and Texas.
As expected, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have been elected to the US Congress.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races, according to CNN.
Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.
Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member. She came to the US more than two decades ago as a refugee. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter’s primary race earlier this year.
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