Indian-Americans helped Democrats win Georgia Senate race, says ImpactPTI | Washington DC | Updated: 12-01-2021 13:02 IST | Created: 12-01-2021 13:01 IST
Asian Americans, including the rapidly growing Indian-American community in Georgia, played an important role in helping Democrats win the two crucial Senate races in the state, a political action group has claimed.
IMPACT raised a record USD 2.5 million to ensure Indian American voters turned up in large numbers, the organisation said adding that this proved to be a key factor in the Democrats' success in the state.
Warnock and Ossoff became the first Democrats elected to the Senate from Georgia in two decades. Moreover, their victory over the Republicans will give the Democrats a majority in the US Senate come January 20 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking a 50-50 tie in the upper chamber of the US Congress.
Impact said it invested heavily in digital advertisements, mail pieces and grassroots organising, in addition to the most comprehensive poll of Asian American voters that identified important voter preferences and demographics.
"The rapid transformation of Georgia from a deeply red state to one now represented by an all-Democrat delegation in the US Senate is a testament to the growing power of Asian American -- and in particular Indian American -- voters," said Neil Makhija, executive director of IMPACT.
''Our experience in Georgia created a blueprint for Democratic success in states once considered out of reach: build a broad-based, multi-ethnic coalition and invest in each community early with deep organising efforts and culturally competent messaging," Makhija added.
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