Even though he is a Muslim running in a state that is given credit for helping to put President Trump in office, with a two-term Republican governor and a state legislature controlled by the GOP, Democrat Abdulrahman "Abdul" El-Sayed believes he can be Michigan's next governor.
Deedra Abboud, an attorney who converted to Islam shortly after moving to Arizona 20 years ago, is running for U.S. Senate in the Arizona 2018 Democratic primary, hoping to unseat Sen. Jeff Flake (R).
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a state seen as being on the other side of the political universe from Michigan and Arizona, Nadeem Mazen shares a goal similar to El-Sayed. Mazen wants to become the third Muslim in the U.S. Congress, joining Reps. Keith Ellison (D) of Minnesota and Andre Carson (D-Ind.).