Candidate Likely to Become First Muslim Female in US Congress
Rashida Tlaib is one step closer to becoming the first Muslim female member of the United States Congress.
With almost all ballots counted, Tlaib led all candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination in Michigan's 13th Congressional District. Tuesday's primary election decides who will be on the ballot in November's general election.
However, since there is no Republican or other candidates, Tlaib will be unopposed in November.
Ahlam Jbara lives in Chicago, six hours away by car from the Michigan congressional district in the city of Detroit. But she thought the Tlaib campaign was so important that she traveled all that way to be part of it. She said she identified closely with the candidate.
"As a Muslim American, as an Arab American, as a Palestinian American...I'm her, she's me."
Across the country, about 90 Muslim Americans are on ballots for elected office during this year's elections. Many are running as Democrats hoping to become part of a so called "blue wave" for the party seeking to gain control of Congress.
Tlaib is among 13 Muslim candidates running for office in Michigan. The Detroit Free Press newspaper notes that, of the candidates seeking election in Michigan's primary elections, 24 are immigrants or children of immigrants. Tlaib is among them.
She has gained attention around the country, especially from Muslim American women who see her candidacy as a door opening.
"She's turning out first time voters, not just youth, but others who are the first time voters who've been American citizens for a long time, even those who are born here but have never voted before because they didn't have faith in their government."
Jbara said Tlaib made a big effort to meet voters going door to door.
Tlaib said she was not well recognized by voters when she started. But, she said her campaign knocked on more than 50,000 doors.
The race was close until the end. Early Wednesday morning, Tlaib heard the news that she had received more votes than Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. She then thanked everyone who had helped her and also her family.
"I want to thank my Mom, who is from a small village in the West Bank..." she said.
A former Michigan state lawmaker, Tlaib is expected to take the seat in the House of Representatives once held by John Conyers. The long-time lawmaker stepped down in December for health reasons as he faced accusations of sexual wrongdoing.
Tlaib is not the only Muslim American woman running who could serve in Congress. Somali American lawmaker Ilhan Omar is running in a primary election in Minnesota on August 14. She could join Tlaib in the next Congress.
I'm Mario Ritter.
1.primary election 初选；预选
The candidate's brain trust is gathering this weekend to plan strategy for the primary election.
2.made a big effort to 付出巨大努力
Tom made a big effort to move the rock.
3.general election 大选；普选
He said he would seek to unify the Conservative Party and win the next general election.
4.step down 辞职
Many would prefer to see him step down in favour of a younger man.
5.Rashida Tlaib is one step closer to becoming the first Muslim female member of the United States Congress.
one step closer to 离...更近一步
Now you're one step closer to getting out of here.
Every time you fail brings you one step closer to your goal.
6.Even those who are born here but have never voted before because they didn't have faith in their government."
have faith in 对...有信心
We have faith in her ability to handle this affair.
It's good to have faith in people.
阿拉姆·吉巴拉（Ahlam Jbara）住在芝加哥，这里距底特律的密歇根国会选区有6小时的车程。但是她认为特莱布的这场竞选很重要，因此特意驱车赶往现场 。她说，她与这位候选人颇有渊源 。
特莱布是在密歇根竞选公职的13名穆斯林候选人之一。据《底特律自由报》报道，在密歇根州的初选中，有24名候选人是移民或移民子女 。而特莱布就是其中一员 。
这场角逐直到最后才结束。周三早上，特莱布得知她的票数比底特律市议会主席布兰达·琼斯（Brenda Jones）还多 。随后，她向每一位帮助过她的人和家人致谢 。
特莱布并不是唯一一位有望在国会任职的美国穆斯林女性。8月14日，索马里裔美国议员伊尔汉·奥马尔正在参加明尼苏达州的初选 。她可能会在下一届国会与特莱布碰面 。