The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) boasted this week that over 100 delegates at the Democratic National Convention are Muslim, more than double from 2008. Interesting, though still less than 2 percent of the total delegates in Charlotte.
Groups like CAIR like to boast there are 8 million Muslims in America. And one new report circulating at the convention claimed 3 million Muslim voters. In fact, surveys put Muslims at just under 1 percent of the U.S. population, so less than 3 million. A study called "Engaging American Muslims" asserted there are 1.2 million Muslim voters. With nearly 150 million registered voters, the Muslim vote is less than 1 percent, though arguably concentrated in urban areas of a few swing states.
"The more than doubling of Muslim delegates at this year's Democratic National Convention is a direct result of their hard work and grassroots organizing within the Democratic Party," a CAIR official boasted in a news release. "It is also a sign of the American Muslim community's growing civic engagement and acceptance in the Democratic Party."