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One Factor in the Defeat of Allen West: High Muslim Turnout

A belated post but a necessary one.: (h/t: hsmoghul)


(Progressive Change)

Yesterday, right-wing House Republican Allen West finally conceded in his race against Democrat Patrick Murphy. West had made himself notorious for his anti-Muslim attitude. He argued that Islam is “not a faith� but a “totalitarian theocratic political ideology,� and that terrorism is inherent to Islam. He even said that Muslim congressman Keith Ellison (D) of “represent(ing) the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.�

But in an America that grows increasingly progressive and tolerant, bigotry can be a major electoral liability. Murphy’s margin of victory is roughly 1,900 votes. I talked to Imran Siddiqui, who works for the organization Empowering Motivating Educating Resourceful Grassroots Entities, which registers Muslim voters in the area. He mentioned that his organization had 2,500 Muslim voters in their database in the district and that they witnessed 80 percent turnout. That means roughly 2,000 Muslim-American votes — a little bit higher than Murphy’s margin of victory.

West’s loss should be a lesson to all those in Congress who would try to use bigotry to their political advantage. Sometimes the targets of your ire get out and vote, and when they do, you lose.

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  • Paul

    Why isn’t West called a rascist, fascist, bigot!? I don’t get it.

  • @Abu Ibrahim al-Ash’ari

    Actually, MPACUK calls voting “political jihad” — here’s a documentary about them:

    Operation Muslim Vote

  • @Abu Ibrahim al-Ash’ari,

    Off course that’s assuming he doesn’t ignore it entirely or never finds out about it.

  • @Abu Ibrahim al-Ash’ari,

    I don’t know what he’ll call it, but knowing him, Spencer will probably use it as evidence that US Muslims see themselves as Muslims and not Americans, all the while ignoring the fact that they had good reason not to vote for Allen West, that would not involve them putting the interests of their group over the interest of the country or some baseless “stealth jihad” conspiracy.

  • Abu Ibrahim al-Ash’ari

    LOL! Serves him right! What’s Robert Spencer going to call this, “voting jihad”?

  • Xithurel

    This guy was dishonorably discharged after he staged a mock execution using real prisoners – that’s a war crime. He’s lucky he got out for that, but even luckier that those he wronged were merciful and didn’t file charges. If he has ANY sense he would take the hint of the fates now and stay gone – but sociopaths and psychos rarely know when to take a hint.

  • @Broke

    Actually if he even suggests that he’ll lose.

  • @Broke

    Luckily, If he actually tries that, he will lose again. Most Americans don’t harbor a blind hatred to towards Muslims, and he’ll end up convincing large numbers of American voters who aren’t Muslims that he’s a fascist if he even suggests that.

  • @Sam

    Expect really stupid Islamophobes to come out and say that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

  • broke

    Allen West will now try to have the citizenship of Muslims revoked so they can’t vote. Then he’ll implement Daniel Pipes idea to have American Muslims locked up in concentration camps

  • @Emperor

    Unfortunately I don’t think people like West will learn their lessen anytime soon, nor will they care if they actually believe all the anti Muslim conspiracy theories.

  • Paul

    We only can hope that the left is closely watching what is happening in the Arab Winter.

  • sam

    this is the islamaphobes worst nightmare..muslims voting

  • Reynardine

    Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is!

  • Rights

    Allen West, not Keith Ellison, is the “antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.â€?

  • mindy1

    Buh bye loser-:P you do not bring honor to the military at all

  • Pamela

    Karma is a truth.

  • Bob

    While I am happy there is one less Islamophobe in Congress, I am doubly happy that someone who claimed that the entire Progressive Caucus is a cell of Communists has been replaced by someone less toxic. Congrats to more reasonable people everywhere for throwing out the bum.

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