Indian-American candidates look to create history in polls

Published: 05 November, 2012 11:49 IST | Agencies |

Six Indian-Americans are in the race for a seat in the US House of Representatives, with the latest polls and mainstream media saying that three of them have bright chances of winning.

Elections will be held for all 435 seats, representing the 50 US states on November 6. The winners of this election cycle will serve in the 113th United States Congress. 

Dr Ami Bera, the Democratic Party candidate from California's seventh Congressional District, is said to have the best chances to win the Congressional elections. This week, the Washington Post put his seat on a "Lean Democrat" status, meaning that he is closer to victory than ever before. The independent Center for Politics at the University of Virginia had made a similar determination last week. The New York Times, Roll Coll and Real Clear Politics have determined his seat as "Toss Up" meaning that it is a closely contested seat.

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Supporters attending an election rally in US (Pic-AFP)

Pitted against incumbent Republican Dan Lungren, Bera has outraised his opponent. He raised more than USD 3 million as against Lungren's USD 2.3 million.

The race for 7th Congressional District seat is one of the most costly campaigns in the nation, the CBS news reported. So far only two Indian-Americans have been elected to the US Congress.

Dalip Singh Saund was the first Indian-American elected to the House of Representatives in 1950s, while Bobby Jindal, now the Louisiana Governor, was the second one.

Bera is followed by Republican young gun Ricky Gill, in the neighbouring California's ninth Congressional District. Gill who barely managed to turn 25 to file his nomination papers is trying to unseat three-term incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney. He too has outraised his opponent by around half a million dollars.

Roll Coll, Cook Political and Real Clear Politics have declared Gill's seat as a "Toss Up", while according to The New York Times, The Washington Post and Center for Politics, the Ninth Congressional District of California is "leaned" towards his Democratic opponent.

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