The Unofficial List of Wins and Losses for American Muslim Candidates in the 2018 Elections

Key Highlights (As of 11/7/18 9:00pm EST)

  • 100 American Muslims filed as candidates for the 2018 elections

Notable Achievements

  • 1st Muslim woman elected to Congress: Rashida Tlaib

The whole world seems to be holding it’s breath while keenly watching the results of the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections. While many people are focusing on the control of Congress and big races, there are a lot of significant changes happening in lesser known races. One of those changes happens to be the significant number of Muslims that decided to run for office in spite of a climate of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment becoming commonplace in partisan politics.

Even before the general election, these races caught national media attention:

  • The blue Muslim wave: American Muslims launch political campaigns, hope to deliver ‘sweet justice’ to Trump” (The Washington Post, April 15, 2018)

Given the rise in mass shootings, hate crimes, and anti-Muslim sentiment, the list of Muslims running for office was never publicly disclosed for security reasons. However, most news outlets reported about 80–100 Muslims had filed as candidates at the start of the election season with about 50 remaining through the primary season.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much media coverage about how many of these Muslim candidates won. Last night, I spent a few hours doing last second research, compiling a list of various Muslims running for office. I searched Google, twitter, and had the help of various friends, family, and civic groups who all shared information by word of mouth through WhatsApp and Facebook. The following list is an unofficial list of the results of various races involving American Muslims.

Please review and let me know if there is anything that needs to be added, removed, or edited. I’ve tried my best to confirm results through media or official candidate results but that was not always possible. Huge shout out to Shahed Amanullah and the fellows of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute for helping to compile this list.

Confirmed Wins (Organized by State)

Summary of State Wins

  1. NJ (9)

State Wins — Detailed Breakdown

California (7)

Georgia (1)

Illinois (1)

  • Sadia Covert: Dupage County Board, 5th district (IL) (Source: Daily Herald)

Indiana (1)

  • Andre Carson: U.S. Representative, 7th District (IN) (Source: WRTV)

Maryland (1)

Michigan (2)

  • Rashida Tlaib: 1st Muslimah in Congress (MI) (Source: Vox Media)

Minnesota (2)

  • Ilhan Omar: 1st Hijabi, 2nd Muslimah, 1st Somali-American in Congress, (MN) (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune)

New Hampshire (1)

  • Safiya Wazir: Former refugee from Afghanistan, State Rep (NH) (Source: Think Progress)

New Jersey (9)

New Mexico (1)

New York (3)

  • Charles Fall: State Assembly, North Shore Assembly Seat, Staten Island (- Fall will become the first Muslim and the first African American to serve as a Staten Island representative in Albany. (NY) (Source: Staten Island Live)

North Carolina (2)

Tennessee (1)

  • Yusuf Hakeem: House District 28 (TN)(Source: Ballotpedia)

Texas (1)

Virginia (3)

Re-Elected Wins (7)

  1. Assad Akhter*: Reelected Passaic County Freeholder (NJ) (Source: North Jersey)

All Confirmed Wins (Organized By Time of Report)

  1. Rashida Tlaib: 1st Muslimah in Congress (MI) (Source: Vox Media)

Awaiting Results or Official Confirmation

  1. Ali Saleh: (City of Bell) (CA)


  1. Omar Qudrat: US 52nd District (CA) (Source: Times of San Diego)

Special Thanks
A special thanks to the following people who helped contribute to the compilation of this list:

  • Alex



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Khuram Zaman

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