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Indo-Americans do well in US polls

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 19:20 IST
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Indian Americans have made their presence felt in the US polls. To begin with, they created history in the US Congressional elections by winning the state assemblies in Ohio and Kansas. This has taken Indian-American representation further into America.

26-year old Democrat Jay Goyal defeated Phillip Holloway in the 73rd District in Ohio, with 22,695 votes (63.29 per cent), as against 13,164 (36.71 per cent) votes.

The seat was held by Representative Sherrod Brown, a friend of India, who won to the US Senate.

Meanwhile, in the 87th district in Kansas, Democrat Raj Goyle, 31, beat three-term Representative Bonnie Huy.

Goyle had 56.36 per cent of the votes, while Huy won 43.64 per cent.

In addition to this, Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary, a Democrat who represents Fridley, has retained his seat in District 50, earning 64 per cent of the votes in the US Congressional polls.

Chaudhary's constituency includes Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, St Anthony, New Brighton, Arden Hills and Shoreview.

Meanwhile, bucking the anti-Republican trend, incumbent Bobby Jindal won a thumping victory to the House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st District, cornering a whopping 88 percent of the vote. Interestingly, his three opponents together got only less than 11,000 votes.

With the victory of Bobby Jindal to the US Congress, the Indians have now found voice in six state legislatures: New Jersey, Maryland, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Ohio.

Iowa State Representative Swati Dandekar, 53, won for the third time to the Iowa State Assembly from the 36 District in Marion in the US Congressional polls. She defeated her Republican opponent Nick Wagner with a margin of more than 10 per cent of the votes polled.

Maryland became the first state to send two south Asians to the state legislature when it elected State House Majority Leader Kumar Barve from the 17th District and Saqib Ali from the 39th District. Both are Democrats.

Ali is a Pakistani-American, who was also endorsed by Washington Post. He won 14,922 votes (21 per cent).

31-year-old Ali is a software engineer with Mitre Corp. "'I have been a vocal antiwar activist for years. I will bring energetic, effective leadership to Annapolis. New ideas and faces are good for democracies," he said earlier.

A third candidate Dilip Paliath, a Republican lost in the 42nd District. Paliath's mentor, Governor Robert Ehrlich also lost the election.

However, Peter Raj Bhakta, a Republican contesting to the Congress from the 13th district of Pennsylvania, is far behind his opponents, getting only around 35 percent of the votes counted so far.

Bhakta's lacklustre performance was not surprising, as incumbent US Senator Rick Santorum himself lost to the Democratic wave on the state.

Bhakta, who became a celebrity after the Donald Trump television show The Apprentice, created lot of noise in the political arena with his campaign style and was also attacked for his Indian background.

In Virginia's 10th Dirstict, maenwhile, Neeraj Nigam, a computer systems analyst working in Washington, DC, failed to get many votes. He ran for Congress as an independent and was defeated by his Republican incumbent Frank Wolf.

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