A record 30 NRIs contesting US elections

Thirty Indian Americans are contesting Tuesday's US elections that will determine the course of power politics in the last two years of President Barack Obama's term in office. Of nearly 3 million NRIs many are officials in high places who earn more than Americans, but they have not had much of an impact on national politics though they do have two state governors and a lawmaker in the House. Four NRIs are vying for a two year term in the House where all 435 seats are up for election. Among prominent NRI contestants are Democrat Amerish 'Ami' Beri, who 2 years ago became only the third NRI lawmaker in US history, after Dalip Singh Saund and Bobby Jindal, and a former administration official Rohit 'Ro' Khanna. Beri received a boost in his re-election race against Republican Doug Ose in California's 7th district with former President Bill Clinton coming to stump for him last week. Khanna formerly deputy assistant secretary in the Silicon Valley Commerce department is giving fellow democrat Mike Honda a run for his money. Khanna won the backing of Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. In Pennsylvania Democrat Iraq war veteran physician Manan Trivedi is making his third try to enter the house, while Arvin Vohra of the Libertarian Party is running from Maryland. Republican Nikki Haley is seeking a second term as South Carolina Governor. She is the daughter of Sikh immigrant parents and has received the backing of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal who himself is considering a presidential run in 2016. In the California governor's race, Republican Neel Kashkari faces an uphill task against Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. In the race for California top law officer, Kamala Harris, the state's first female NRI Attorney General is sitting pretty against Republican Ronald Gold. She is the daughter of an Indian mother from Chennai and a Jamaican father.