Trenton, NJ. Indian-Americans in New Jersey with other Indian-Americans in states like Illinois, New York, and California might just determine the frontrunners for the presidential nominations tonight. The presidential primary here traditionally was held in June, long after the primary races were more or less decided. With New Jersey's primary moved up to Super Tuesday, like a number of other states, turnout is anticipated to set a record here.
"The Indian-American community plays a vital role in shaping our Nation's political landscape and here in New Jersey the community serves as a major force in helping to elect our governmental leaders," says Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ-1st ), a Member of the House Armed Services, Budget, and Education and Labor Committees. "The Indian-American understands the importance of participating in the political process, especially this year given New Jersey's significant relevance in helping to elect the Nation's next President."
Senator Hillary Clinton holds a slight lead over Senator Barack Obama while Senator John McCain maintains a significant lead over his closest opponent, thus the Indian-American community will likely prove to be decisive in determining the Democratic leader. Indian-American support for Clinton appears t be slipping away significantly in favor of Obama. A month ago, support for Clinton was 20 percent greater than support for Obama. Obama seems to be winning over middle-class Indian-Americans in part due to Senator Edward Kennedy's endorsement and voters under the age of 30, gaining 65 percent of the former and 90 percent of the latter resulting in perhaps a 20 percent lead among Indian-American voters.
Indian-Americans in New Jersey have a track record of being very politically aware and involved, and now they have the opportunity to be even more impactful. "The Indian-American community in South Jersey continues to be a strong voice on the issues and a significant contributor to the diversity of the region," says Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2nd), a Member of the House India Caucus, and the House Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. "I've been proud to have a solid working relationship with the community and encourage their members, as well as all Americans, to participate in our democracy."
Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5th), a Member of House Financial Services and Budget Committees, echoes the importance and the significant engagement of the Indian-American community in New Jersey. "Indian-Americans are an important and vibrant part of the Garden State community. They have contributed much to the state's economy, culture, and more. I've long enjoyed a good working relationship with New Jersey's Indian-American community and I expect to continue to work closely with them to the benefit of all New Jersey residents."
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