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Suraj Patel running neck and neck with long-time Congresswoman

New York:  Two years ago, New York University lecturer and former hotel executive Suraj Patel attempted to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney in District 12. He fell short. But he didn’t give up, and ran again against her in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Only this time, he’s down by just over one percentage point and fewer than 800 votes. He had polled 15,825 votes to Maloney’s 16473 when last count was available. With as many as over one hundred thousand absentee ballots outstanding in the district amid the coronavirus pandemic, the race is far from determined, and Patel could very well close the gap in the coming days as they’re counted.

Suraj Patel, a first generation Indian immigrant is an attorney who has worked for President  Barack Obama and wants to be the first South Asian from New York in Congress. In an interview with The South Asian Times published last week, he attacked Rep Maloney’s record on vaccines, on immigration and criminal justice.  He insisted, “Just because she helped with the Diwali stamp is not enough for the Indian community. We need results on H1B, green cards…. We need small business support. Maloney was not even in D.C. to vote on the care package deal.”

Patel is one the progressives who have come into prominence since New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stormed the Congress. She has comfortably won her primary again. And little known Jamaal Bowman is leading House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Eliot Engel by a wide margin in New York’s 16th District.

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