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'Samosa Caucus' fails to increase its strength in US midterm

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The so-called 'Samosa Caucus' - an informal group of the Indian-Americans in the US Congress - failed to increase its strength, even as its all four incumbent members were re-elected to the in the highly polarised midterm elections held Tuesday.

None of the more than half a dozen new Indian Americans candidates, many of whom caught national attention by giving tough fight to their opponents and outraising them in the fund raisers, could make it to the House of Representatives, which is equivalent to Lok Sabha in the

However, Indian-Americans picked up more seats in the State assemblies. The community sent its member for the first time to the and also elected a Muslim Indian-American to the State

Chicago-born Villivalam, elected unopposed, became the first Asian-American State and the first member of General Assembly ever.

For the first time, more than 100 Indian-Americans had entered the in this mid-term elections, of which over 50 were on the ballot on Tuesday.

Among them 12, including four incumbents, were running for the House and one for the - a record in itself.

In the eighth Congressional District of Illinois, defeated his Republican Indian-American rival Krishnamoorthi would serve second term in the

Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian American to be elected to the in 2016, registered her second consecutive win from the seventh Congressional District of Washington State. In little less than two years, she has emerged nationally as the champion of immigrants, workers and human rights.

Ro Khanna easily sailed through the for the House from the 17th Congressional District of by defeating his GOP rival He was elected for the first time in 2016.

Three-term Congressman Ami Bera, the senior-most among lawmakers in the Samosa Caucus, defeated his Republican rival in the seventh Congressional District of

Notably, his previous three electoral victories came only after recounting of votes which took several weeks before the results were finally declared.

Indian-American of Tibetan descent Aftab Pureval, 35, lost to GOP incumbent He was the first Democrat to get elected as the of Courts in more than 100 years.

Indian-American woman lost to her Republican incumbent in the sixth District of Arizona, while Hiral Tipirneni was trailing behind GOP rival in the early tabulations.

Former state department lost to his GOP incumbent from the 22nd Congressional District of

A five-time incumbent, Rep Olson defeated his Indian-American Democratic challenger in the most heated 22nd Congressional District that the opposition had hoped to flip due to a large Asian-American population.

The 40-year-old relied heavily on his ability to connect with the district's diverse population to give Democrats hope that he could pull off an upset in the district. About 20 per cent of the population in the district is of Asian heritage - more than any other district in

Sanjay Patel, who runs a successful consulting business, lost to Republican Congressman Bill Posey, who has been winning the eighth Congressional District of continuously since 2009.

In the first Congressional District of Arkansas, Democratic Chintan Desai lost to Republican incumbent Rick Crawford, while Republican lost to incumbent in the fourth Congressional District of

Successful Shiva Ayyadurai, who fought the as an independent, came a distant third. registered a comprehensive win over her Republican rival to re-enter the US Senate.

Democratic Nima Kulkarni defeated from the GOP to make her maiden entry into the from State District 40. A practicing and recognised lawyer, she owns Indus Law Firm specialising in immigration, employment and

entered the State Senate from the Senate District 38. A former at the Council for Children's Rights and assistant public defender, Mohammed defeated

Incumbent Jay Chaudhuri, an accomplished entrepreneur, to Senate from the State Senate District 15.

Republican Niraj Atani, 27, registered his third consecutive electoral victory from House 42nd District. He is the youngest Indian-American elected in the US. He is also the second Indian-American state elected in history, and the first Indian-American Republican.

"Representing the community in which I was born and raised is an incredible honour. I work hard every day to make it achievable for all Ohioans to have the opportunity to make their American Dream a reality," Atani said in a statement.

In Washington State, and were re-elected for the State Senate. Among others re-elected at the State level are Sabi Kumar in and (California).

The emergence of a large number of young Indian-Americans candidates reflects the growing desire of this small ethnic community comprising just one per cent of the US population of 32.57 crores.

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

First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 18:35 IST
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