Published On: Tue, Feb 9th, 2016

2016 Presidential Primaries: Which Candidates Are U.S. Muslims Supporting?


According to research conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 73 percent of Muslim voters in the United States will go to the polls in state primaries. 15 percent will vote for Republican candidates compared to 67 percent who plan on supporting Democratic candidates. Overall, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are the two most popular candidates among Muslim voters, garnering 52 and 22 percent of support respectively. Even though Donald Trump wants to ban more Muslims entering the United States, he is still the most popular Republican candidate among American-Muslims.

Statistics and facts on the 2016 US Election

The 2016 presidential election in the United States is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Presidential elections in the United States are always held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Primaries and caucuses were put on a more tight schedule in this election cycle, starting with Iowa on February 1, 2016, and finishing on June 15, 2016 with the Democratic primary for the District of Columbia.

Once the primaries are finished both parties will finally determine their presidential candidate for the national party conventions. The Democratic National Convention will be held on July 25-28, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Republican National Convention will be held on July 18-21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Republican voters are still deciding between numerous candidates. After the first caucus in Iowa on February 1, 2016, 11 presidential candidates will remain in the race. Up to this point, Donald Trump has led the national polls with over 30 percent of the vote. He was considered the frontrunner by gathering media attention which can be equated to his far off political statements, and his wild attacks on the other contestants via social media.
As of February 2, 2016, the preliminary results revealed that Ted Cruz had won 27.7 percent of the Iowa caucus vote. Donald Trump finished second with 24.3 percent, followed by Marco Rubio with 23.1 percent respectively.

After disappointing results at the Iowa caucus, Martin O’Malley dropped out of the race. As a result, only two candidates are left fighting for the Democratic nomination. The remaining candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight race, with both close to 50 percent of votes.
The upcoming primary, which will be held in New Hampshire on February 9, is expected to be won by Bernie Sanders. This is largely attributed to the geographical proximity of his home state of Vermont, and his popularity there.

Pollsters see Donald Trump in the lead for the Republican primary in New Hampshire. However, given his position after the Iowa caucus, it is uncertain if he can get his supporters out to vote.


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