The US midterm elections Wednesday saw the Republicans retaining their hold on the 100-member Senate, while the Democrats consolidated their position in the House of Representatives. At a time when US President Donald Trump is hardening his stance on immigration, there are 13 Indian-American candidates in the fray.
Of the 13, there were four Indian-Americans, all Democrats, seeking re-election to the House of Representatives in the US midterm elections 2018. Here’s how they performed.
-Ro Khanna defeated his opponent Republican Ron Cohen in the 17th Congressional district of California.
-Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi won from the eight Congressional district in Illinois, after defeating Republican Jitendra Diganvker with a large margin.
-Pramila Jayapal recorded a landslide victory in the Seventh Congressional District of Washington State against Republican Craig Keller.
-Democrat Ami Bera registered a win after defeating Andrew Grant in the seventh Congressional district of California.
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Apart from these four, there were nine other Indian-Americans—six Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent—who were seeking election to the House of Representatives.
-Democrat Preston Kulkarni lost to Pete Olson from the 22nd Congressional District in Texas.
-Democrat Hiral Tiperneni faced defeat from Republic party’s Debbie Lesko from the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona
-Democrat Anita Malik lost to David Schweikert from the Sixth Congressional District of Arizona
-Democrat Aftab Pureval lost a seat to the House to Steve Chabot from the First Congressional District of Ohio.
-Democratic party candidate Chintan Desai lost to incumbent Republican Rick Crawford in the Arkansas District One seat.
-Sanjay Patel lost to Bill Posey from the Eighth Congressional District of Florida.
-Republican candidate Harry Arora faced defeat from Jim Himes in the Fourth District Congressional seat of Connecticut.
-Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai (Massachusetts) lost to Elizabeth Warren.
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