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Published:February 15th, 2008 01:55 EST
Andre Carson contends his Islamic faith gives him advantage

Andre Carson contends his Islamic faith gives him advantage

By SOP newswire

A convert to Islam stands an election victory away from becoming the second Muslim elected to Congress and a role model for a faith community seeking to make its mark in national politics.

Political newcomer Andre Carson is the Democratic nominee in a March 11 special election to succeed his late grandmother, Julia Carson, representing Indiana's 7th District. She died in December of lung cancer, and her grandson is seeking to fill out the rest of her sixth term, which expires at year's end. . .

Corey Saylor, legislative director for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said [Keith] Ellison's 2006 election marked a breakthrough for U.S. Muslims seeking national office. . .

He predicted immigrant Muslims will join African Americans like Ellison and Carson on the national political scene. Sons and daughters of Muslims who arrived in the U.S. from Asia and Africa are energized politically and working on campaigns, he said.