Four candidates of Indian origin who contested for the House of Representatives from Democrats have won. Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jaipal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamurthy are known as the ‘Samosa Caucus’. Another candidate, Dr Heral Tipirneni, is also ahead of Republican candidate David Skivkert from Arizona. If she wins, she will be the second Indian-American woman to reach the house after Jaipal.
Apart from the four victorious Democrats, Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris is also a part of this samosa caucus.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Neeraj Antani became the first Indian-American to be elected to the Senate from the state of Ohio. He contested from the Republican Party and has defeated Mark Fogle of the Democrats in the Senate’s sixth district. After his victory, he said that ‘Once his grandparents lived under the British rule, but today the American public chose him, which is the beauty of this country’.
A political science graduate, Neeraj was earlier elected to the House of Representatives from Ohio at the age of 23. He was the youngest representative of the country.55-year-old Dr Ami Bera is the most senior member of the Samosa Caucus. He has won for the fifth consecutive time from California’s seventh congressional district.
Pramila Jaipal, defeated Republican candidate Craig Keller by a margin of 70 per cent. She got 3.44 lakh votes, while Keller only got 61.9 thousand votes. She won for the third consecutive time from the seventh congressional district in Washington.
44-year-old Ro Khanna defeated another Indian American Ritesh Tandon, a Republican candidate in the 17th Congress District of California and, received more than 50 per cent of the vote against 48-year-old Ritesh. This is Khanna’s third consecutive win.
Indian-origin Democrat leader Raja Krishnamurthy has been elected to the House of Representatives, the lower house of the US Congress, for the third consecutive time. Born in New Delhi, 47-year-old Krishnamurthy easily defeated Libertarian Party candidate Preston Nelson. He has got 71 per cent of the vote.
Raja Krishnamurthy is known to have named the Samosa Caucus.