Indian-American Ami Bera wins House seat in Calif battle

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Sacramento, CA, United States (4E) – Ami Bera made history by becoming the third Indian-American to be elected to the U.S. Congress when he unseated Republican rival Dan Lungren in a tight race, giving the Democrats another seat in the House of Representatives.

Having failed in his attempt to unseat Lungren in 2010, Bera was successful in his second attempt by garnering 51.1 per cent of the votes against Lungren’s 48.9 percent.

The victory assured the Democrats a net gain of four seats in the House next year. Four more Democratic Party candidates are still in contention although those races are still too close to call.

Bera, a physician from Elk Grove, Calif., held a slim lead of 184 votes over the three-term reelectionist Lungren on Nov. 6 election night. His lead increased to 3,800 on Tuesday and rose to about 5,700 votes on Thursday based on the latest vote tally.

Bera will fill California’s 7th District Congressional seat which includes the suburban Sacramento constituency.

A son of Indian immigrants, Bera will follow the footsteps Dalip Singh Saund in 1952 and current Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2004 as people with Indian ancestry to win a House seat.

Before the polls, the Republicans held a 242-193 majority over the Democrats in the House. The balance of power has now slightly tilted in favor of the Democrats with 234 Republicans and 197 Democrats.

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