Making moves

The House and Senate elections may have been a mixed bag but the state-level contests brought more good news. Indian-American politicians made quite the sweep—a dozen were elected, including five women.

“This year’s election represented a giant leap forward for the Indian-Americans’ role in US politics,” Neil Makhija from the Impact Funds, which had raised $10 million during this election cycle, told The Week. He added that this election featured a record number of Indian-American candidates running in state and federal races. And Kamala Harris, of course, became the first Indian-origin leader to win the vice-presidential ticket.

Even as citizens, Indian-Americans have emerged as a force to reckon with. Around 2 million of them voted, with half a million coming from battleground states of Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. They also donated more generously than ever before to this year’s campaign, with two-dozen prominent Indian-Americans raising upwards of $100,000 each.

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