Kamala Harris scripted history in the US today by being the first Indian-American politician to win a Senate seat. Harris, a Democrat, won from California by defeating her Republican rival Loretta Sanchez.
52-year-old Harris has already won two state-wide elections for Attorney General in 2010 and 2014, which added to her edge in the Senate race.
In a historic day for Indian-Americans, Democratic candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi won the election to the US House of Representatives from Illinois.
He defeated Republican Peter DiCianni in the traditionally Democratic constituency. At the Democratic Party Convention in July, the party leadership presented him as a “New Leader of Tomorrow”.
Another Indian American Democrat Peter Jacob lost his bid for the House of Representatives from New Jersey.
The Kerala-born social worker lost by a margin of a 15 per cent of the votes in the Seventh Congressional District in the middle of the state, which does not cover any of the areas with heavy Indian American presence.
Another candidate, Ro Khanna, who is running to represent the Silicon Valley, is reported to have a slim lead over the veteran incumbent Mike Honda.