Tlaib wins Conyers' seat, setting her up to be first Muslim woman in Congress

- It was a close call in 13th Congressional District, the seat in Detroit formerly held by John Conyers. 

This one went back and forth but Democrat Rashida Tlaib has been declared the winner of the nomination with 33 percent of the vote. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones finished in second place.

This has proven to be an historic finish because there are no Republicans in the race.That means Tlaib will run unopposed in November, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. She's set to win the seat in November and begin serving a full two-year term in January. 

The special primary race to serve the last two months of Conyers' term is still too close to call as of early Wednesday morning, with Tlaib and Jones were neck and neck. 

Tlaib, 42, served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014. She defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs.

The 89-year-old Conyers was first elected to the House in 1964. He stepped down in December citing health reasons, though several former female staffers had accused him of sexual harassment.

Conyers' seat was among three open House seats in Michigan heading into the primary, including another that the Democrats expect to keep and a Republican-held seat they hope to flip in their push to take control of the chamber.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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