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  Arab American voters could play important role in key swing states
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 16, 2020 09:25am
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AuthorArielle Mitropoulos and Zohreen Shah
News DateFriday, October 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn the hotly contested 2020 presidential election, Arab Americans could play an important role in two swing states where they make up large communities.

While there is a lack of reliable polling data on Arab Americans, the numbers of Arab Americans in the battleground states of Michigan -- 200,000 -- and Minnesota - over 100,000 -- are high enough that they have become a powerful voting bloc that experts say is likely to benefit Joe Biden.

"I think it's safe to say that in this election cycle, the level of interest and the level of participation in the community is going to be, in my opinion, near 100 percent," said Kassem Dakhlallah, an Arab American lawyer who lives in a suburb of Detroit. "I think a lot of people are excited to just get [Trump] out of office."

Abdalla M. Battah, associate professor of political science at Minnesota State University and an expert in Middle Eastern politics, told ABC News he thinks a lot of the enthusiasm is tied to Trump’s stance toward Arab Americans during his first term.

"Trump, the first time, was given the benefit of doubt by the 26% of Arab Americans who voted for him; however, he did not moderate his rhetoric or jettison his racist ideas. This will benefit Biden," he said.
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