NorthJersey.com: Kamala Harris gives hope to South Asians in NJ who feel like 'outsiders'
NorthJersey.com - Karan Virmani’s inbox starts filling at 7 a.m. with emails from New Jersey residents of South Asian descent eager to help Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign for president.
It’s been this way since the former vice president selected California Sen. Kamala Harris — whose mother, Shyamala Gopalan, emigrated from India — as his running mate.
“I can’t get to them fast enough,’’ says Virmani, the chief financial officer of a Scotch Plains-based shipping company and the state director of South Asian Americans for Biden. “Tough to get to them in the middle of my working day.”
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It’s not entirely surprising to see South Asians rally around the Democratic ticket. Hillary Clinton won 84% of the Asian Indian vote in 2016, and garnered more than 90% among the smaller Pakistani and Bangaladeshi voters, according to an exit poll conducted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. . . .