• Aslam Abdullah

Congressional Battleground Districts-5

CA 25

California's 25th Congressional District covers most of northern Los Angeles County and part of eastern Ventura County. It includes the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita, most of Lancaster and Simi Valley, and the northern part of San Fernando Valley. Its Population is 714,313 with 50.7% Male, 49.3% Female, 63.7% are White, 8.0% Asian, 7.7% Black, and 37.9% Hispanic. The High school graduation rate 84.0%, and the College graduation rate 25.8%.

The District is represented by Republican Mike Garcia, as incumbent Democratic Representative Katie Hill resigned November 3, 2019, over sexual misconduct allegations and after intimate photos of her were published online.[4] Garcia won the special election on May 12, 2020, against Christy Smith.

Mike Garcia (Incumbent) (Republican Party), and Christy Smith (Democratic Party) are contesting the election.

In 2018, Katie Hill (D) secured 54.4 or 133,209 votes against Stephen Knight (R), who got 45.6 percent or 111,813 votes. The election is tough for Garcia to retain the seat. Muslim voters have substantial strength to swing the election either way. Garcia is relying mainly on Latino and Christian evangelical votes. Democrats are relying on Asians, blacks, and Latinos in addition to liberal white voters.

NM-02

New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District serves the southern half of New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Roswell, and Albuquerque's southern fourth. It is geographically the fifth-largest District in the nation. Its Population is 702,936 with 50.3% Male, 49.7% Female. 80.7% are White, 6.0% American Indian and Alaskan Native, and 1.6% Black. 52.1% are Hispanic The High School graduation rate is 78 percent, and the College graduation rate is 19.7%

Xochitl Torres Small (Incumbent) (Democratic Party), Yvette Herrell (Republican Party), Steve Jones (Independent) (Write-in) are contestants.

In 2018, Xochitl Torres Small (D) got 50.9, or 101,489 votes, and Yvette Herrell (R) got 49.1, or 97,767 votes. The contest is tough, and a couple of thousand Muslim votes may impact the election.

NY-22

The 22nd Congressional District of New York includes Utica, Rome, Cortland, and Binghamton. Binghamton University, Hamilton College, Colgate University, and Utica College are in the District.

It also includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego, and Tioga counties.

Its Population is 720,201 with 49.5% Male, 50.5% Female. 90.9% White, 3.4% Black, 2.3% Asian, and 3.2% Hispanic. The High school graduation rate is 88.2%, and the College graduation rate is 23.8%

Anthony Brindisi (Incumbent) (Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Independence Party), Claudia Tenney (Republican Party, Conservative Party), Keith Price (Libertarian Party), James Desira (Independent) (Write-in) are contestants. In 2018 Anthony Brindisi (D) got 50.9 or 127,715 votes against Claudia Tenney (R) got 49.1 or 123,242 votes. Muslim voters are not more than a thousand, and in a tight race, they can play a significant role if they come out to vote.

OH-01

Ohio's 1st Congressional District includes the western four-fifths of Cincinnati and borders both Kentucky and Indiana. President William Henry Harrison once represented the District. With 92.5% urban and 7.5% rural, its population is 736,218. Ethnicity70.37% are white, 21.97% black, 3.73% Asian, 3.04% Hispanic, and 0.07% Native American

Steve Chabot (Incumbent) (Republican Party), Kate Schroder (Democratic Party), Kevin Kahn (Libertarian Party), Kiumars Kiani (Independent) (Write-in) are running in the November election.

Steve Chabot (R) got 51.3 or 154,409, and Aftab Pureval (D)

got 46.9% or 141,118 votes. Muslim voters can make a difference, provided they vote in large numbers.

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