Ahead of the key US Congressional elections,the small but influential Indian-American community are pinning their hope on the record number of candidates from the Indian origin community across the country.
Indian-Americans hope that as the results of the November 2 elections are declared,they would not only have the third ever Indian-American in the House of Representatives,but also that more than one of their member would get a chance to represent them.
More than 2.8 million Indian-Americans will be watching with interest the fate of half-a-dozen members of the Indian origin community who are contesting for a seat in House of Representatives; the maximum number so far.
Interestingly five of them are Democrats Manan Trivedi from Pennsylvania,Ami Bera from California,Raj Goyle from Kansas,Ravi Sangisetty from Louisiana and Surya Yalamanchili from Ohio.
Ashvin Lad from Illinois is the only Republican Indian American in fray.
All of them are making a last pitch effort to win over their voters.
In Kansas,a billboard urging people to “Vote American” and support Republican Mike Pompe has ignited controversy in the State¿s Fourth District,after the appearance of two electronic bill boards.
Indian-American Goyle,a Democrat,has call it “bigoted and illegal.” Goyle is fighting a tough battle against Pompe.
One image carried the message,”Vote American,vote Pompeo”,overlaid on a stylised US flag.
Another flashed an image of cowboy movie star John Wayne with the wording “Real Americans vote for Pompeo.”
Goyle said: “It’s certainly implying that somehow the only American in the race is my opponent and we know that’s not the case,” said Goyle.
Pompeo’s said they did not know about the signs until Goyle’s campaign contacted them about it. One opinion poll showed,he was trailing by 16 points.
In California’s Third District,Bera,a doctor and a political new comer,is giving a tough fight to Republican incumbent Dan Lungren.
Bera has raised considerable amount of money in a poll which suggests that this race could be tighter than expected.
In Pennsylvania’s Sixth District,Iraq war veteran Trivedi,according to one latest opinion poll,is trailing behind by 10 points against his incumbent Republican rival Jim Geralch.
In a last ditch effort to boost his winning prospect,Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendall campaigned for this young Indian-American yesterday.
“I’m a doctor I know how to cure your pain,” Trivedi told his voters over the weekend.