(CNN) - Indiana voters elected the second Muslim congressman in U.S. history Tuesday.
Andre Carson, the grandson of the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson and a Muslim convert, was elected in a special election, with 54 percent of the popular vote to Republican opponent Jon Elrod's 44 percent.
Julia Carson represented Indiana's 7th district for 10 years. Her grandson, a member of the Indianapolis City Council since August, will serve out the remainder of her term. In a primary in May, he will seek to be the Democratic nominee for a full two-year term.
In Carson's victory speech Tuesday, he said one of his biggest concerns was bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq.
The first and only other Muslim member of the U.S. Congress is first-term Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
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Protesters block the entrance to the Cannon House Office Building on Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Police on Monday arrested dozens of protesters who blocked the doors and streets outside congressional buildings near the U.S. Capitol.Nearly 60 were arrested on various charges, including unlawful assembly, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol police.
Police handcuffed a female protester dressed in a black pullover emblazoned with "Blackwater" and the U.S. security contractor's paw print symbol.
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