Muslim Americans Ramp Up Political Power Many Muslim Americans are looking to increase their political power as a way to redress what they perceive as unfair and racially motivated policies following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Muslims first tried to mobilize community members for the 2000 election and leaders urged them to vote for George W. Bush. At a local level, activists are interviewing candidates for posts from county supervisor to state senator. Muslim leaders are also trying to counter the voice of Islamic extremists, who they say have come to define the religion for many. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.