A 28-year-old Palestinian American, on Tuesday, won the state elections in California, one of the eight key democratic states, as US citizens¬†in California, New Jersey, Iowa, Montana,¬†Alabama, Mississippi, South Dakota,¬†and New Mexico this week are voting for who they believe best represents their political party.
¬†The winners of the primary will elect their¬†preferred¬†candidate‚ÄďDemocratic or Republican‚Äď¬†in November. ¬†The results of the election in November¬†could change the¬†balance of power in Washington, and could upend Trumps presidency.¬† ¬†
The winner, Ammar Campa-Najjar¬†has been dubbed by¬†Teen Vogue¬†as ‚Äúthe internet‚Äôs favorite candidate.‚ÄĚ¬†¬†He was¬†born¬†in the United States,¬†to a Palestinian father and a Mexican mother,¬†and¬†grew up close to the Mexican-US border. His background puts him¬†in¬†a unique position to represent the 50th¬†Congressional District in California.
After graduating from San Diego State University,¬†where¬†Campa-Najjar¬†began his career in U.S. politics with the Democratic National Committee (DNC). His ambition led him to becoming the¬†deputy regional field director for¬†Barack Obama‚Äôs 2012 re-election campaign before joining the Obama administration as a White House official. He also worked for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a communications and marketing director, and as a public affairs officer for the¬†U.S. Department of Labor as a public affairs officer.¬†He¬†is dedicated to encouraging young people to vote and¬†bringing¬†quality jobs to the members of his district.¬†He has been favored to win the primary election and is favored to win against¬†current Congressman, Duncan Hunter¬†in November.¬†
Campa-Najjar¬†isn‚Äôt¬†the only Palestinian¬†running in this year‚Äôs US election cycle, according to the PNN. Candidates can be found¬†across¬†the United States, and the¬†United States isn‚Äôt the only country with¬†Palestinians¬†partaking in public office. ¬†Latin America has had two previous presidents¬†and a prime minister¬†of Palestinian heritage;¬†El√≠as¬†Antonio¬†Saca¬†of El Salvador,¬†Carlos Flores¬†Facuss√©¬†of Honduras,¬†and¬†Said Musa of Belize.