Why the Indian American Vote Mattered

India America Today | November 21, 2012 | By Manik Suri

Obama victoryWhile Indian Americans were solidly within the Obama camp, the challenge in this election lay in making sure their voice was heard only 63 percent had voted in 2008. The three million-strong community’s widespread distribution  particularly in contested states – meant that they could help move the needle where it counted. Now, looking back at the 2012 election, Indian Americans who voted should feel proud: they were joined by record numbers of voters across key liberal constituencies, including Latinos and African Americans, who delivered at the ballot box – toppling conservative pundits’ electoral models, challenging long-held assumptions, and igniting a firestorm within the Republican leadership over their party’s ability to connect with an electorate that is increasingly diverse. Read the full piece here.

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