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‘Samosa caucus’ re-elected in House

The Indian-American community has emerged as a force to reckon with for the first time in the history of the US presidential election
Raja Krishnamoorthi

Agencies   |   Washington   |   Published 05.11.20, 12:35 AM

All four Indian-American Democratic lawmakers — Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi — were re-elected to the US House of Representatives.

The Indian-American community has emerged as a force to reckon with for the first time in the history of the US presidential election. Both the Democrat and the Republican campaigns had taken several measures to woo the approximately 1.8 million members of the community in the battleground states of Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The “samosa caucus”, a term coined by Krishnamoorthi to bring together an informal grouping of Indian-American lawmakers, might expand with at least one more person as physician Dr Hiral Tipirneni was leading against Republican incumbent David Schweikert from the sixth Congressional district of Arizona when last reports came in.

If elected, Tipirneni, 52, would be the second ever Indian-American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. Jayapal, 55, was the first to be elected to the House in 2016.

The “samosa caucus” currently comprises five Indian-American lawmakers, including the four members of the House of Representatives and Senator and Democratic vice- presidential nominee Kamala Harris, 56. Raja Krishnamoorthi, 47, easily defeated Preston Nelson, 30, of the Libertarian Party.

When last reports came in, he had accounted for nearly 71 per cent of the total votes counted. Ro Khanna, 44, easily defeated his Republican rival Indian Ritesh Tandon, 48, with a margin of more than 50 percentage points.

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