Polls deliver Rishi Kumar an edge in California congressional race


The Indian American Leads Poll in CA-16 Congressional Race

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Saratoga, CA

Polls deliver Rishi Kumar an edge in the California congressional race for the Congressional District 16 seat, showing a tight race led by Democrat Rishi Kumar, who received 42.3% of the votes in the same district a year ago in the November 2022 election against the incumbent who had been in Congressional office for three decades.

Kumar, a tech executive and Democrat, leads Joe Simitian and Sam Liccardo in a growing field of 10 candidates. Kumar topped the field with 12% of the vote, followed by Simitian at 10%, Liccardo at 7%, and Low at 6%.  Nearly 57% of likely voters remain undecided as per the release.

The poll was conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs, a nationally recognized leader in polling for Democrats, surveying 633 registered voters in CD-16. Rishi resides in Saratoga with his wife and two kids. Kumar earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1994.

Kumar is focusing on his record of achievements, including a significant reduction in crime in Saratoga during his time on the council. He has also served on Governor’s University of California Regent committee and California’s Department of Education K-12 public school computer science implementation panel. Kumar has served multiple elected terms as a Saratoga Councilmember.

As per the release he has the unique distinction of being re-elected with the highest votes in 66 years of his city, as well as both a Delegate and Executive Board terms on the California Democratic Party.

Kumar is emphasizing a range of critical issues like reducing crime, tackling inflation, fighting for abortion rights, Congressional term limits, overturning Citizens United – a push for clean money in American politics, banning insider trading in Congress, addressing climate change, and boosting Silicon Valley’s innovation economy, with a focus on the Artificial Intelligence automation economy that is bound to come.

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