Mixed bag for Indian-Americans

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 23:09 IST

The only Indian American in the US Congress Ami Bera, a Democrat, was trailing his Republican challenger in his re-election bid, but a final outcome was not available.

Also trailing was Democrat Ro Khanna, who’s challenged fellow Democrat and severn-term incumbent Mike Honda for the congressional district that is home to Silicon Valley.

But neither campaign had conceded till the filing of this report. The Khanna campaign, in fact, said it expects to overtake Honda in the counting of absentee ballots.

Successes from the Indian American community in midterm 2104 include South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who is projected to win a second term.

The other Indian American in a gubernatorial race, Republican Neel Kashkari, lost, as expected, to California governor Gerry Brown.

The community scored several statewide successes — Kamla Harris won another term as California attorney general, and majority leader Kumar Barve for Maryland state legislature.

Others elected to state legislatures were Republican Janak Joshi, in Colorado; Republican Niraj Antani — he is only 23, in Ohio; Prasad Srinivasan in Connecticut; Democrat Sam Singh, in Michigan; Democrat Aruna Miller in Maryland; and Democrat Pramila Jayapal, in Washington state.

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