Beneath the focus on the Presidential contest in the USA, hundreds of other electoral contests are also taking place for Congressional and state-based seats. Reports about a couple of those contests recently caught my eye.
These two links tell of Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim woman of Arab descent who has just won the Democratic primary for a seat in Detroit – in a predominantly Latino district – getting 44 per cent of the vote against 8 other contestants. She now appears set to be elected as the only Arab-Muslim woman in the Michigan House of Representatives. Being of Palestinian origin, she was subjected to attacks about allegedly supporting extremists and terrorists. It is good to see candidates being able to win in the face of such attacks.
This report on DCW tells of another Democratic primary where the tactic of false racial smearing was used – again thankfully unsuccessfully. A challenger to Stave Cohen, the incumbent in a Tenessee Congressional district, tried “to paint Cohen as racist, and as a Jew who hates Christians.”
UPDATE: 6 Nov – Ms Tlaib is successully elected, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan legislature.