More than half a dozen Indian-Americans win Congressional primaries

More than half a dozen Indian-Americans have won primaries for House of Representatives elections in November. 

Here are some of the winners: 

Ami Bera

Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BeraforCongress
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BeraforCongress

Democratic Ami Bera, registered in easy win in California in the 7th Congressional District. The longest serving Indian-American in the House of Representatives, Bera is seeking his fifth consecutive term. 

Ro Khanna

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Photo courtesy: Twitter/@RoKhanna

Ro Khanna also registered an easy win in California in the 17th Congressional District. Seeking a third consecutive term, Khanna was expected to face a stiff challenge from another candidate of Indian origin, Ritesh Tandon of the Republican Party. Tandon came in a distant second in the primaries however as per California law, the top two contestants, irrespective of their party affiliations, get their names on the ballots for the elections in November.

"I am so grateful to everyone for our victory tonight. We are exceeding our 2018 totals, beating Ritesh Tandon who ran on Islamophobia and right wing nationalism in India. We are getting the most votes in the Bay Area! Silicon Valley rejects bigotry," Khanna tweeted. 

Nisha Sharma

Photo courtesy: Facebook/Nisha Sharma
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Nisha Sharma

Republican Party’s Nisha Sharma won the primary from the 11th Congressional District n California. 

A realtor in the East Bay, Sharma is an immigrant from India with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Punjab University. 

Sharma will now face Democratic incumbent Mark DeSaulnier in the November elections.

Rishi Kumar

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Democratic Rishi Kumar will also see his name on the November election ballot despite coming in a distant second with 15.9 per cent votes in the 18th Congressional District of California.

Kumar was challenging incumbent Anna G Eshoo, also from the Democratic Party, who came in with 58.4 per cent votes.

Born in India, Kumar earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Bombay in 1988 and a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1992. 

Preston Kulkarni

Photo courtesy: Twitter/@SriPKulkarni
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@SriPKulkarni

Indian-American Preston Kulkarni has an easy win in the Democratic primary for Texas' 22nd Congressional District. Kulkarni defeated attorney Nyanza Davis Moore and former Pearland city council member Derrick Reed. 

"Thank you for your support! We couldn't have gotten here without your help and your support," he tweeted.

Kulkarni has served in the United States Foreign Service for fourteen years and is the son of Venkatesh Kulkarni, an Indian novelist who moved to the US and worked as a professor at Rice University.


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