LOS ANGELES (TIP): California’s attorney general Kamala Harris may become the first Indian-American senator in the US Congress after she won Democratic Party’s endorsement for the seat. Harris (51) and Loretta Sanchez were vying for their party’s seal of approval to replace California Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring. The attorney general won 78% of delegates’ votes on Saturday, surpassing the 60%endorsement threshold.
The endorsement of Democrats could bring significant financial backing in addition to credibility. The show of approbation allows the party to spend on her behalf in traditional ways such as mailers, phone-banking and precinct walks and provides Harris the right to use its desired seal of approval in the campaign. Both Harris and Sanchez will compete in the June primary along with Republicans Duf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro. The top two vote-getters will then square off in November. There have been several Indian-American Congressmen in the House of Representatives, including Ami Bera and retired member Dalip Singh Saund.