Though a majority of American Muslims say they lean Democratic—as many as 70 percent in a survey released last year by the Pew Forum—the population also includes social conservatives, whose religious values lead them to side with Republicans on moral issues.
But it's not always easy to find a Muslim-friendly Republican candidate. Hopefuls like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have expressed their concern over Muslim populations in America and the institution of shariah law in a way that offends and alienates Muslim voters.
Omar Shaukat, a doctorate candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia, speculated that Ron Paul might be the best pick for Muslims, since he presents a (very) conservative approach to government without the Muslim fear-mongering. He wrote in an essay for Policy Mic: