Indian Americans Win Democratic Party’s Nominations for US Congress, State Legislature

Raja Krishnamoorthi & Jay Chaudhari win their primaries


Washington, DC:  Raja Krishnamoorthi decisively won the Democratic nomination in the 8th congressional district of Illinois that includes Chicago's northwest suburbs.


"I will fight in Congress to save the middle-class in our country, because it's our middle-class that makes America strong," Krishnamoorthi declared in his victory speech. 


With 100% of the precincts in the 8th District reporting election returns, Krishnamoorthi won the support of 57 percent of voters with State Sen. Mike Noland at 29 percent and Villa Park President Deb Bullwinkel with 14 percent.


Krishnamoorthi swept all of the Chicago area major newspaper endorsements on his way to winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 8th District of Illinois. Raja is "the best candidate, hands down," wrote the Chicago Tribune in its endorsement of Raja for Congress, following earlier endorsements of Krishnamoorthi from the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun-Times.


If elected, Krishnamoorthi would join Ami Bera, 51, who is the only Indian-American lawmaker in the current US House of Representatives.


In North Carolina, attorney Jay Chaudhuri won the March 15 Democratic primary election for the 16th district state Senate seat in North Carolina to advance to the general election in November.


In the primary election results, the Indian American candidate beat Ellis Hankins, receiving 19,844 votes, or 63.14 percent, to Hankins’ 11,584 votes, or 36.86 percent.


Chaudhuri’s campaign will focus on public education, economic inequalities, “the importance of an open and honest government” and economic growth. The 46-year-old Chaudhuri now faces his Republican counterpart Eric Weaver, who won unopposed in the primary.


USINPAC congratulates Raja Krishnamoorthi and Jay Chaudhuri on their impressive nomination wins and has supported them with their campaigns.




The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community. 



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