Nikki Haley and Kamala Harris re-elected in US midterm polls
WASHINGTON: Indian-Americans had a mixed outing in the
US mid-term elections with Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Kamala Harris
re-elected as South Carolina’s governor and California’s attorney general
But Republican Neel Thushar Kashkari was routed by
California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in Tuesday’s poll to win a
historic fourth term, while Ami Bera, only the third Indian-American in the US
Congress, was in a dead heat race for re-election from northern California.
In the House race for Silicon valley, Democrat Ro
Khanna, a former Obama administration Commerce Department official, was still
trailing fellow Democrat seven term veteran incumbent Mike Honda. But the gap
was narrowing on Wednesday morning.
Haley, born Nimrata ‘Nikki’ Randhawa, the 42-year-old
daughter of Sikh immigrants from India, who became the first minority and first
woman governor of South Carolina four years ago, handily beat Democratic state
Senator Vincent Sheheen to win a second term.
So did Kamala Harris, California’s first female
Indian-American and African-American Attorney General against little-known
Republican challenger Ronald Gold winning 55 percent of votes cast with 72
percent of precincts reporting.
“Governor Nikki Haley has done an extraordinary job
for South Carolina. Her leadership is making the difference,” Republican
Governors Association chairman Chris Christie said in a statement following her
“With Haley at the helm for four more years, South
Carolina is sure to experience continued growth and success. No one fights
harder for South Carolina than Governor Haley, and because of her, it's going
to be another great four years,” the New Jersey governor said.
The first Hindu-American Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard,
who is not of Indian origin, has also coasted to a rollicking re-election House
victory over Republican Kawika Crowley in President Barack Obama’s home state
Results of other races involving a record 30
Indian-Americans are still coming in. Four of them are seeking a two-year term
in the House, two are running for governorships, three more for other top state
jobs and 20 are eyeing legislative seats in 15 states