Indian Americans are celebrating the historic win of Kamala Harris as the first female, first Black and first vice president of South Asian descent after major news outlets called the winners on Saturday.
Celebrities of Indian descent, including Mindy Kaling, Kal Penn, Lilly Singh and Tiya Sircar, among others, were ecstatic about the historic moment.
Meanwhile, people from Harris’ ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram in the town of Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu in India also celebrated her win out on the streets by dancing, cheering and lighting firecrackers.
Biden, 77, secured two key states — Nevada and Pennsylvania — to give him 290 total electoral votes, CBS News
Illinois Democratic Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi described Harris’ win as “a transformative, meaningful moment for our country”
in a statement via National Public Radio
“As an Indian American, I’m very grateful that my children will see Kamala Harris, along with Joe Biden, as a role model when she enters office,” Krishnamoorthi, who was born in India, said. “I know she’ll work to further progress the United States has made in representation and equality, and countless people will be inspired by her example.”
The U.S.-India Business Council and U.S. India Political Action Committee also congratulated Harris and Biden for winning the election on Sunday.
Before the election, 65% of Indian Americans chose to vote for Biden, while 28% said they would vote for Trump in the election, according to a survey conducted by AAPI Data
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