Ami Bera scores historic win to enter US Congress

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 04:00 hrs

Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) Ami Bera, a California physician, has created history to become only the third Indian American to enter US Congress as he finally won his tight race against a sitting Republican Dan Lungren.

Bera, 45, a Democrat, defeated Lungren 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent in his second attempt after having failed to unseat Lungren two years ago.

Bera, from Elk Grove, led three−term Republican lawmaker Lungren by 184 votes on Nov 6 election night. His lead grew to about 3,800 votes on Tuesday and swelled to almost 5,700 votes on Thursday, according to the latest vote count.

The race was to fill California's 7th District Congressional seat representing the suburbs of Sacramento.

With his win, Bera, the son of Indian immigrants, becomes just the third Indian American elected to Congress, after Dalip Singh Saund in 1952 and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who won a House seat in 2004.

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