US Elections 2020: Samosa caucus! These four Indian American Democratic lawmaker re-elected to House of Representatives
Do you know what Samosa Caucus is? It is a term coined by Democratic lawmakers Raja Krishnamoorthi. The 'Samosa caucus' which is an informal grouping of India-American lawmakers, currently comprises five members, including the four members of the House of Representatives and Senator and Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, 56
Do you know what Samosa Caucus is? It is a term coined by Democratic lawmakers Raja Krishnamoorthi. The 'Samosa caucus' which is an informal grouping of India-American lawmakers, currently comprises five members, including the four members of the House of Representatives and Senator and Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, 56.
Krishnamoorthi, along with Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal and Ro Khanna have been re-elected to the US House of Representatives.
The so-called 'Samosa caucus' might expand with at least one more member as physician Dr Hiral Tipirneni was leading against Republican incumbent David Schweikert from the sixth Congressional district of Arizona when last reports came in.
If elected, Tipirneni, 52, would be the second ever Indian American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. Jayapal, 55, was the first Indian American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives in 2016.
As the Indian American community becomes a force to reckon with, both the Democrat and the Republican campaigns had initiated several measures to woo the approximately 1.8 million members of the community in this election.
The Indian diaspora has emerged as a critical voting bloc in the battleground states of Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas – considered as swing states.
Raja Krishnamoorthi, 47, easily defeated 30-year old Preston Nelson of the Libertarian Party. When last reports came in, he had accounted for nearly 71 per cent of the total votes counted.
Ro Khanna defeated fellow Indian American Ritesh Tandon of the Republican Party with a margin of more than 50 percentage points. This was his third-consecutive win from the 17th Congressional district of California.
Dr Ami Bera, 55, the senior most member of the 'Samosa Caucus', won the seventh Congressional District of California for the fifth consecutive term. When the last report came in, he had established an inaccessible lead by more than 25 percentage points against his Republican rival 65-year-old Buzz Patterson.
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni, 42, lost to his Republican rival Troy Nehls, 52, a popular sheriff and military veteran endorsed by President Donald Trump, in the 22nd Congressional district of Texas.
Republican Manga Anantatmula lost to Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly in the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. Republican Nisha Sharma from the Republican Party also lost her maiden Congressional attempt. She was defeated by incumbent Mark DeSaulnier from the Democratic Party by more than 50 percentage points.
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The House of Representatives is the lower house of the US Congress, with the Senate being the upper house. PTI
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