What will the swing-state Muslims do in 2012?

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Although there aren't many Muslim voters, compared to other voting blocs, they are "concentrated in key swing states such as Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida" said an assistant poli sci professor from Santa Clara University, writing in the New York Times yesterday.

In fact there are 124,000 Muslims who are registered to vote in the state of Florida, and "No campaigner can afford to disregard them." And the professor, Farid Senzai, suggests the 2012 elections could be determined by "the Muslim swing vote."

But Senzai doesn't point to any example of these pockets of Muslim voters determining any political victories in the past or even acting as a voting bloc (except when he speculates that 60,000 of them in Florida may have voted for Bush in 2000). And he points out that the rhetoric of the Republican candidates in the primary so far has been as harsh as ever in terms of discussion of Muslims and Islam, and certainly hasn't indicated any particular concern about alienating these voters.

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