Trump campaign woos designers votes as GOP kicks off convention

By Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India |

The Trump campaign has released an Indian-American specific ad featuring US President Donal Trump's India outreach and his friendship with Prime Minister Narenda Modi in an effort to woo the nearly 2 million potential "desi" votes in the November 3 Presidential election. 

There are an estimated 1.8 million Indian-American voters in the U.S., more than two-thirds of whom are committed Democratic voters, according to Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science at University of California, Riverside, who has polled voters of Indian-origin from the 2008 election onwards. The ethnic group could be a key factor in several battleground states that will decide the outcome of the results, he said in an interview last week. 

"America enjoys a great relationship with India and our campaign enjoys great support from Indian Americans!" Kimberly Guilfoyle, national chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee and President Trump's son's partner, said in a tweet releasing the video commercial. Guilfoyle and Donald Trump junior lead the Indian-American voter outreach on behalf of the Trump campaign, amid claims that the Indian-American voters have moved in droves to the Trump side, a claim that Ramakrishnan says is not borne out in his polling. 

In fact, Ramakrishnan said, the nomination of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate could potentially be a "game changer" in terms of galvanizing the younger Indian-American demographic (who tend to lean even more Democratic) and offsetting any bump Trump may have got with his rallies with Modi in Houston and Ahmedabad. 

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