Abdul El-Sayed could be the first Muslim governor in US history

He could be the first Muslim governor in U.S. history.

Democrat and son of Egyptian immigrants, Abdul El-Sayed, is running for governor of Michigan.

He’s a Rhodes Scholar, a doctor and formerly a professor at an Ivy League university.

He left his job as the director of the Michigan health department in February to run for office.

It’s a year out from the primary and El-Sayed is already campaigning in cities like Midland.

The Midland Daily News says he believes in a strict separation of church and state.

His campaign website states he also opposes “any discrimination by businesses and public institutions against our LGBTQ community.”

According to the Guardian, the campaign office location is secret and some volunteers have spoken with their family members about potential danger.

The Guardian called El-Sayed “the new Obama.” 

Besides their diverse backgrounds, they have other things in common.

El-Sayed calls the Affordable Care Act one of the most important pieces of legislation in history.

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Muslim-majority nations around the world

Afghanistan: 99.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Albania: 56.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Algeria: 99% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Azerbaijan: 96.9% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Bahrain: 70.3% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Bangladesh: 89.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Brunei: 78.8% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Burkina Faso: 61.6% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Chad: 52.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Comoros: 98% Sunni Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Djibouti: 94% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Egypt: 90% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Guinea: 86.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Indonesia: 87.2% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Iran: 99.4% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Iraq: 99% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Jordan: 97.2% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kazakhstan: 70.2% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kosovo: 95.6% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kuwait: 76.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kyrgyzstan: 75% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Lebanon: 54% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Libya: 96.6% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Malaysia: 61.3% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Maldives: Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Mali: 94.8% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Mauritania: 100% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Morocco: 99% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Niger: 80% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Nigeria: 50% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Oman: 84.9% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Pakistan: 96.4% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Qatar: 67.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Saudi Arabia: Citizens are 85-90% Sunni and 10-15% Shia

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Senegal: 95.4% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Sierra Leone: 60% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Somalia: Sunni Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Sudan: Sunni Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Syria: 87% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Tajikistan: Sunni Muslim 85%, Shia Muslim 5%, other 10%

Source: CIA World Fact Book

The Gambia: 85.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Tunisia: 99.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Turkey: 99.8% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Turkmenistan: 89% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

United Arab Emirates: 76% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Uzbekistan: 88% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Western Sahara: Majority Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Yemen: 99.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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