Bobby Jindal wins, as reported in The New York Times article: “Indian-American Congressman Elected Louisiana’s Governor“:
“Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican congressman from the New Orleans suburbs and the son of immigrants from India, was elected Louisiana’s governor Saturday…Mr. Jindal, 36, defeated three main challengers in an open primary, becoming this state’s first nonwhite governor since a Reconstruction-era figure briefly held the office 130 years ago. With more than 90 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Jindal received 53 percent, above the 50 percent-plus-one threshold needed to avoid a runoff in November. He will be the nation’s first Indian-American governor when he takes office in January.”
Although I don’t agree with Jindal’s politics at all, Jindal definitely is breaking down racial barriers in Louisiana and in the United States. Hopefully Jindal is just the beginning for Asian-Americans reached elected office! As I have noted previously, Asian-Americans are alarmingly apathetic to being involved in the public service, politics, let alone exercising the basic fundamental right in a democracy – voting.