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Muslim voters gains significance as US presidential race tightens

This file photo taken on October 28, 2016 shows voting booths at the Potomac Community Recreation Center during early voting in Potomac, Maryland.

Muslim voters are likely to play a significant role in the presidential election next week as the race between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has tightened, a report stays.
According to a poll released on Sunday, Clinton and Trump are almost tied following the FBI’s announcement to reopen an investigation into new emails sent by Clinton on a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
According to the newest ABC /Washington Post tracking poll, Trump reduced Clinton’s 12-point lead from last week to only one percentage point, trailing her 46 percent to 45 percent.
This scenario has made the Muslim vote, which is about 1 percent of the total vote, also very important, the Dawn newspaper said on Monday in a report filed by its correspondent from Washington, DC.
The report said both Democrats and Republicans are “reaching out to Muslim voters this year, particularly in the urban areas of key swing states where Muslims do have a noticeable presence.”
Largely Muslims are against Trump because of his rhetoric against Islam and Muslims but still Republicans are contacting Muslim media outlets, with messages emphasizing Trump’s business contacts with the Muslim world.
Last week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an umbrella organization with offices across the country, released a survey, which shows that 72 percent of likely Muslim voters intend to vote for Clinton, while just four percent said they would vote for Trump.

Muslims gather at a mosque in Ozone Park, Brooklyn, New York City. (File photo)

According to the CAIR report, 86 percent of registered Muslim voters plan to cast their ballots in the November 8 election.
The New York businessman’s campaign has been marred by his disparaging remarks against minorities in the US. His comments include a call to ban all Muslims from coming to America as well as forced deportation of Mexican migrants by building a long wall along the US-Mexico border.
He has also sought for a database to track Muslims across the and said that the US would have “absolutely no choice” but to close down mosques.
Trump’s proposal has been condemned by Muslim and human rights groups as well as his Democratic rivals and many of his Republican proponents who describe the proposal as divisive, counterproductive and contrary to American values.