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Rashida Tlaib becomes first Palestinian-American woman to win congressional seat

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Palestinian-American woman to win congressional seat
© Rashida Tlaib for Congress

Rashida Tlaib (D) on Tuesday won Michigan's 13th Congressional District, setting her up to become the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress.

The former Michigan state representative was widely expected to secure the win with no Republicans and no independents running against her in the racially diverse, urban district.

Minnesota congressional candidate Ilhan Oman (D) and Tlaib are poised to become the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress. 

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"Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!" Omar tweeted after Tlaib's victory on Tuesday night. "I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah."

Tlaib, who ran for a House seat previously held by former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary Tlaib holds lead in early vote count against primary challenger MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), defeated five other candidates in the state's crowded Democratic primary. 

Conyers in December 2017 resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations, citing health concerns. 

Tlaib has joined dozens of other progressive candidates across the country in saying she will likely not support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (D-Calif.) for leadership.