Two Indian-American Candidates from Strong Political Parties Participating in the US Presidential Election

By siliconindia   |   Wednesday, 08 March 2023, 19:33 IST
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Two Indian-American Candidates from Strong Political Parties Participating in the US Presidential El

The Indian-American voter population is highly expanding in the US state, where two Indian-American political candidates will contest against each other in the upcoming presidential election.                 

With the presidential election of 2024 gaining pace in recent times, two Indian Americans, Nikki Haley and Kamala Devi Harris, are aiming for a ballot victory. The Republican leader, Mrs. Haley’s presidential campaign, and the Vice President and Democrat, Kamala Harris are gaining limelight in American politics.

Mrs. Nimrata Nikki Haley was born to Sikh parents and served as governor of South Carolina, serving as a bridge between a Republican party and the demographic reality, resolving myths like the US will likely emerge as a majority-minority nation per growing immigrant communities from Latin America and Asia. Her achievements extend to removing the Confederate Flag– symbolizing anti-black racism and had flown over the state capital.

She is contesting the primary nomination of the party by competing at the top of the ticket, with a critical aim of winning at politically competitive swing states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Despite her service in former president Donald Trump’s administration as the US Ambassador to the UN, Mrs. Haley can be considered a new direction for the Republican party by moderate Democrats, independents, and swing voters. 

Haley is advancing her political brand as an Indian American woman of color, posting a campaign launch video– recounting the stories of discrimination that her family has encountered in the past decades. Various criticisms of her anglicized name, Nikki, her prime period, and her identity are thrown at her by political pundits.

The Indian American voter population holds the majority population voting power, especially in states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, and Florida, inconsiderate of the presidential politics that is capturing headlines and social media feeds, setting the narrative of the community’s ascension.

President Biden won the state of Georgia by 11,779 votes, per his established cooperation with Black, Latino, and Asian American voters. The region encompasses nearly 180,000 registered Asian-American voters, with an increased proportion of Indian Americans spending almost two million USD during the election cycle to contact and mobilize Indian Americans in their native languages, thereby, encouraging them to vote.

Various researchers have elucidated that Indian Americans have an increased desire for their community members to be elected into the US office, inconsiderate of their district composition. The Indian Americans are immigrants from a nation with more than one billion population and significant ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity, and comparative support and rebellion against the current government. However, their political preferences are often categorized to remain similar, per their shared political, cultural, and economic interests. 

However, support for Nikki Haley may eventually fluctuate per her opposition party, Mrs. Kamala Harris under president Biden’s administration. Nearly 78 percent of the Indian-American population opt for Mrs. Harris as the favored candidate.