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Indian American Swati Dandekar retains Iowa seat for Kerry

PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Washington
Nov 03, 2004 12:02 PM IST

Democrat Swati Dandekar defeated her opponent Cory Crowley by 10 percentage points to retain the Iowa Assembly seat..

Indian American Swati Dandekar, a Democrat who registered victory over her Republican contender two years ago to make it to the Iowa State Assembly, has been re-elected.

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Dandekar was the first Indian-born American citizen to win a state legislature, though not the first Indian American, having been preceded by Democratic Majority leader Kumar Barve of the Maryland State Assembly.

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She defeated her opponent Cory Crowley by 10 percentage points. Poll numbers for one more precinct were to come in.

"It feels good. It was a tight race in the sense that Senator (Charles) Grassley (a Republican) had poured lots of money in my opponent's campaign. I'm glad I had a good war chest to have radio and TV ads," Dandekar told IANS on telephone.

"The last two and a half weeks, my opponent attacked me negatively. He took my record in bits and spun it in a very negative way. But I think the District 36 people like positive campaigning and are highly educated and very progressive, and they like you to be fair. They just sent a message that you can't do that," Dandekar added.

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