The Daily Caller | 1/10/2019 | Staff
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Republicans in Tarrant County, Texas, overwhelmingly rejected a motion to remove the local party’s vice chair, Dr. Shahid Shafi.

A handful of precinct chairs opposed Shafi on account of his Muslim faith.

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Shafi received an outpouring of support from Republicans across the state, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

RICHLAND HILLS, TX — The Tarrant County Republican Party overwhelmingly slapped down a motion to strip Dr. Shahid Shafi, a Muslim, from his position as a vice-chair of the party at a contentious meeting Thursday night.

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The committee voted 139-49 in favor of Shafi, with 10 abstentions.

“This vote reaffirms the commitment by a majority of Tarrant County Republicans to our core values and moral compass, a demonstration of our allegiance to the Texas Republican Party Platform and the Constitutions of the United States and Texas, which strictly prohibit religious and racial discrimination of any kind,” Tarrant County Party Chairman Darl Easton said in a statement.

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Shafi said he is “honored and privileged to receive the support of my fellow Republicans” and emphasized that he holds no ill will towards those who voted against him.

A small but vocal minority of the county’s 269 precinct chairs were behind the push to remove Shafi from his leadership position, which garnered national attention in recent weeks from outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Shafi received an outpouring of support from Republicans across the state in the days leading up to the vote, including from Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

Shafi was appointed to the position in July with overwhelming support from Republicans in Tarrant County, which is Texas’s third-largest county in terms of population and includes the...
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