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Indian-American Republican Rik Mehta loses New Jersey Senate election

Indian-American Republican candidate Rik Mehta lost his New Jersey Senate election bid to Democratic incumbent Senator Cory Booker

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Press Trust of India  |  New York 

A woman casts her ballot on the first day of early voting in a recently-shuttered store at Oak Park Mall Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
A woman casts her ballot on the first day of early voting in a recently-shuttered store at Oak Park Mall Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Indian-American Republican candidate Rik Mehta lost his New Jersey Senate election bid to Democratic incumbent Senator Cory Booker.

Mehta garnered 37.9 per cent of the votes at 1,071,726, while Booker got 60.6 per cent with 1,714,375 votes in the November 3 election.

In July, Mehta had become the first Indian-American to win the Republican primary for the Senate seat from the US state of New Jersey. Mehta, a former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official, had defeated his nearest rival Hirsh Singh, also an Indian-American, by a margin of approximately 13,743 votes in the Republican primaries held in July.

Mehta is a biotech entrepreneur, innovator, healthcare policy expert and a licensed pharmacist and attorney.

As a small business owner and a first generation American, he's a staunch advocate for defending our Constitutional rights, fighting against illegal immigration and Sanctuary Cities, an affordable, accessible healthcare system that's built for generations to come, and building New Jersey's economy for the future, his profile said.

This was for the first time that a New Jersey senatorial race had candidates of colour nominees from both the parties. Booker, an African-American, had won the Democratic primary with 89 per cent of the votes.

New Jersey, which has one of the highest concentrations of Indian-Americans, is considered to be a Democratic party bastion as it has been 48 years now that the state has elected a Republican as a Senator.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, November 04 2020. 14:16 IST