Indian-Americans advance in primaries, close to making history

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 08:20 IST

WASHINGTON: Indian-Americans got closer to making history in the US primaries on Tuesday with Kam ala Harris, the California attorney general, advancing to the general election.

In the state’s unique primary system of the top two, irrespective of their party affiliations, advancing to the final round, Harris faces fellow Democrat congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

If she wins, Harris, whose mother is from India and father from Jamaica, will become the first Indian-American elected to the Senate, and only the second African-American woman.

Also in Cali for ni a, Ro Khanna, a Democrat running for a congressional district that broadly makes up the whole of the Silicon Valley, advanced to the final round.

He too faces another Democrat, incumbent Mike Honda. This is their second direct fight but Khanna seems to have the edge this time, being in the lead at one point during counting.

In the third contest also in California, the only Indian-American member of the House of Representatives, Ami Bera, advanced to the last stage in his bid for a third term.

If Bera and Khanna win, the number of Indian-Americans in the House will go up to a never-before total of two, and possibly three, if Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat running in Illinois, also wins. He has cleared his primaries.

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