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Indian origin woman in race for South Carolina's governor

india Updated: Jun 23, 2009 16:13 IST

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Daughter of a Punjabi Sikh immigrant from Amritsar, Namrata 'Nikki' Randhawa Haley, is another Bobby Jindal in the making.

Nikki, 37, as she is popularly known, has announced her candidacy for Republican Party nomination for the Governor of South Carolina, which will go to poll next year.

Presently, she is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

If elected, Nikki would be the second Indian American and first women of the community to be the governor of a State, after Bobby Jindal, who is the governor of Louisiana.

"I know, I am going to make this happen. I am going to win the race," Nikki told Press Trust of India in an interview at the Capitol Hill, where she attended a fund raising event in her support organised by the Indian American Republican Political Action Committee.

In little over a month of announcing her candidacy, Nikki has carved a niche for herself in the list of Republican aspirants and has already received encouraging comments from top political leaders of the State, including the South Carolina Governor, Sanford.