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Indian-American entrepreneur Suneel Gupta loses primary elections in Michigan

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

Indian-American Suneel Gupta, seeking to enter the from Michigan, lost the elections in the state, coming at third place with over 5000 votes behind the winner

Gupta, 38, received 18,873 votes or 21.3 per cent in the Democratic with 100 per cent of precincts reporting.

Stevens, who had been endorsed by former Hillary Clinton, won the election with 27 per cent or 23,997 votes.

Stevens is a former Current was in second place with 19,317 votes.

In the race for governor, Indian-American Shri Thanedar lost the election. Gretchen Whitmer, a former Democratic leader in the state Senate, won her party's nomination for in Tuesday's primary.

Whitmer defeated former and Thanedar. Whitmer, 46, will face Michigan Bill Schuette, 64, winner of the Republican primary, in the for the open governor's seat.

Running on a platform of expanding health-care access and lowering costs, Gupta was among five candidates contesting in the from the 11th Congressional District of Michigan.

The winner will face the Republican nominee in the November to determine who succeeds retiring GOP Rep. of

Suneel, the younger brother of award winning and doctor Sanjay Gupta, had said that, if elected, his priority would be to make quality and affordable health-care available to all.

"At a time when wants to cut by over USD 500 billon, I am the candidate in this race with hands-on who has stood up to the companies who are ripping off families and seniors and I will fight him every step of the way," he said on his campaign website.

Suneel comes from an illustrious Indian-American family from Michigan. His parents, Subhash and Damyanti Gupta, moved from to the US in 1960s.

His mother was recently featured by for being the first female at

Suneel, in a recent statement, had said that he has broken the fund raising record by raising more than USD 1.3 million; which is highest among all the candidates running for the from the seat.

In 2012, Gupta's brother helped him start Rise, a company that uses technology to reduce the cost of quality health-care. After the startup served over 1,000 patients, former asked Rise to be her team's technology partner.

Suneel holds an MBA from the Kellogg and a from

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 22:30 IST
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