The vast majority of American Muslims, 69%, voted Tuesday for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 White House race, according to an exit poll by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization reported that this year saw a high Muslim voter turnout with 84% participation.
Only 17% of the 844 registered voters who took part in the poll said that they voted for President Donald Trump. However, compared to the 2016 election, Trump increased his Muslim support by 4%.
"With more than one million registered Muslim voters in the U.S, the group is expected to be a deciding factor in the 2020 elections, according to a press release from The Council on American-Islamic Relations."https://t.co/8wGIA8pOab@TheAlligator @SLagmis
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) March 11, 2020
“CAIR would like to thank the more than one million American Muslim voters who turned out in record-breaking numbers this election cycle,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement.
“The Muslim community’s significant ability to impact the results of numerous races across this country – including the presidential election – was recognized nationally by candidates and the media,” Awad added.
Approximately 3.45 million Muslims reside in the US. Although, it only makes one percent of the total population of US but, they are mostly situated in this year’s elections’ swing states such as Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Thus, making their votes extremely crucial and impactful on election results, reported Al Jazeera.
Millions of Americans headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect their 46th president and congressional representatives in the House and Senate.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk