Indian-origin Woman Poised For Historic Election to US Senate

This post was originally published on 6 November 2016.

Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, is on the cusp of becoming the first Indian-origin Senator in the US Congress with latest polls placing her “far ahead” of her rival days before the November 8 general elections.

Harris, who was born in Oakland, California, is the daughter of an Indian mother who emigrated from Chennai in 1960 and a Jamaican-American father.

Harris, 51, has already got the backing of US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to be the state’s next Senator, brightening her chances to become the first from the community ever to be a member of the Upper House.

Kamala Harris heads into the US Senate election with a considerable lead over fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, whose plan to coalesce Republicans and Latinos behind her has not materialised, according to a new poll.

Harris has never trailed since launching her bid in January last year, with her share of the vote increasing seven percentage points since a May poll. She continues to hold advantages in all major regions of the state, and with voters in all age ranges and educational backgrounds, it said.

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California Democrats have overwhelmingly endorsed Harris for US Senate, solidifying her front-runner status in the race to become California’s next Senator.

Harris and Loretta Sanchez were vying for their party’s seal of approval to replace Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring. If she wins, Harris will make history by becoming the first ever US Senator of Indian-origin.

There have been several Indian-origin Congressmen in the House of Representatives, including current member Ami Bera and retired member Dalip Singh Saund, both from California too.

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