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Posted on 11/08/2006 3:29:24 AM PST by MadIvan
Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has become the first Muslim to be elected to the US Congress by winning a Minnesota seat in the House of Representatives.
He overcame personal attacks emphasising his past association with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the radical Nation of Islam group.
The 43-year-old lawyer sought to downplay his religion and ran on a populist platform.
He has called for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
On the campaign trail, he also urged a greater reliance on renewable fuels and the establishment of a government-funded universal healthcare system.
"Tonight, we made history," Ellison said in a victory speech to supporters.
"We won a key election, but we did much more than that.
"We showed that a candidate can run a 100% positive campaign and prevail, even against tough opposition."
But another Democrat, Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, failed in her attempt to win an Illinois House seat despite a high-profile campaign.
The former helicopter pilot, who lost both legs after being shot down in Iraq, lost to Peter Roskam in a Republican stronghold.
In the Senate races, Hillary Clinton - a former first lady and leading contender for the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential poll - easily won re-election in New York.
And former Democratic heavyweight Joe Lieberman - candidate for vice-president in Al Gore's failed bid for the presidency in 2000 - beat an official party candidate to reclaim his Connecticut seat in the Senate as an independent.
Mr Lieberman, who lost the party primary earlier this year as a result of his support for the Iraq war and perceived closeness to President Bush, was backed by the Republicans, who urged their supporters to give him their votes.
Mr Lieberman will be one of two independents in the new Senate who have said they will align themselves with Democrats. The other, socialist Bernie Sanders, who served eight terms in the House of Representatives, won the Vermont seat of retiring Senator Jim Jeffords, also an independent.
But an attempt by another House member to win a Senate seat foundered. Republican Katherine Harris was heavily defeated by incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida.
Ms Harris came to national attention in 2000 when, as Florida secretary of state, she certified Mr Bush as winning the bitterly contested state of Florida in his presidential race with Mr Gore.
Schwarzenegger's second term
In West Virginia, Democrat Robert Byrd's victory made him the Senate's longest serving member. The 88-year-old won a record ninth six-year term.
In the gubernatorial contests, Democrat Deval Patrick won in Massachusetts to become the first black governor of the state, and only the second elected black governor of any state.
In California, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger won a second and final term.
The former Hollywood action movie star easily defeated a challenge to his governorship from Democrat Phil Angelides.
Now we'll be arrested and beheaded for sure...
Not good. Not good at all.
You know I was angry and sad about what happened in the Maryland elections, then I read this an I'm like, WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO AMERICA?
Some interesting-looking names on the donor rolls...
Who voted for him.....and WHY? Sharia Law coming to America.
I posted this on another thread:
I would like to take this occasion to apologize on behalf of the great state of Minnesota to all of my fellow FReepers in FReeperville. The state of Minnesota has delivered (against my advice mind you) the legislative equivalent of a turd to the House of Representatives. My fellow FReepers, you may not be aware of the name of Keith Ellison. In the coming months you will. This guy is a full fledged barking moonbat. Think of Nancy Pelosi on meth.
On the bright side though, Micheal Bachman and Tim Pawlenty won. Also, I think we're going to have a hell of a good time lampooning Ellison! You can't put a price tag on humor.
All 2006 Donors Beginning With A (Donations Totaling $200 or More)
Abo Issa, Samir
Abu Sara, Salman
This guy wants watching very closely.
Ugggh...and to think I graduated college in his state.
If Louis Farakan had been well enough, he could have been elected yesterday. The brain-dead liberal Jewish voters should take note. They will definitely be the first to go.
And that's just the "A"s!
And if last night was any indication, there will be many more. What FOOL'S!!
The beginning of Sharia law in America, no doubt.
Great work to the thinkers amongst the Minnesotans who thoughtfully sent their first muslim to Washington. They're right up there with the State of Arkansas who sent their trailer trash marxists to Washington.
Minnesota isn't much of a state and had they not sent DC this piece of muslim crap we wouldn't know they were there.
Interesting indeed. It baffles me that there are names like Kaplan and Shapiro as donors. Does not compute.
The American Labor Party has arrived.
Balkinization, socialism, islamization.
I'd like to know that, myself.
Scares the hell out of me. Cause I know when America falls it will collapse from the inside out.
Of all the things I've seen going on in this world, this scares me the most because I see this related to the Antichrist of the Bible. Christianity versus Islam.