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Indian Americans do well in US polls, Jindal shines

Bucking the anti-Republican trend in US polls, incumbent Bobby Jindal returns to the House of Representatives. In pics

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 00:12 IST

Even as bucking the anti-Republican trend, incumbent Bobby Jindal returned to the House of Representatives, two Goyals took Indian-American representation to the heartland of America with victories to the state assemblies in Ohio and Kansas.

Jindal won the race to Congress from the 1st District in Louisiana with a thumping majority of 87.9 per cent (71,493) with his three opponents together getting only less than 11,000 votes.

With their victory, Indians have got representation in six state legislatures (New Jersey, Maryland, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Ohio) in addition to the US Congress through Representative Bobby Jindal.

Twenty-six-year old Jay Goyal, Democrat, defeated Phillip Holloway in the 73rd District in Ohio. The seat was held by Representative Sherrod Brown, a friend of India, who won to the US Senate.

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

Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary, a Democrat who represents Fridley, has retained his seat in District 50. Chaudhary's constituency includes about 70,000 people in majority of Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, St Anthony, New Brighton, Arden Hills and Shoreview.

Iowa State Representative Swati Dandekar, 53, won for the third time to the Iowa State Assembly from the 36 District in Marion. 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 Pakistani American Saqib Ali from the 39th District. Both are Democrats.

A third candidate Dilip Paliath, a Republican lost in the 42nd District.

Paliath's mentor, Governor Robert Ehrlich also lost the election.

When he was elected to the state House of Representatives, Chaudhary became the first Asian-American to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature, and four year later, his election to the state Senate, made him the state's first Asian-American Senator.

His re-election marks his 10th anniversary as a legislator and this is first victory breaking 60 per cent, even as he represents increasingly conservative precincts.

But Peter Raj Bhakta, another Republican conesting to Congress from the 13th district of Pennsylvania is far behind.

In Virginia's 10th Dirstict, Independent Neeraj Nigam, a computer systems analyst working in Washington, DC, got only a few hundred votes. Republican incumbent Frank Wolf won the election.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 11:25 IST