How will Kamala Harris affect Asian Americans voting in Texas?

Harris, who will square off against Mike Pence during the only vice presidential debate on Wednesday, has family from Jamaica as well as from India. As the first woman of color to run for the country’s second highest office, Harris also breaks major ground for Asian Americans in U.S. politics and has injected new vigor into the campaigns of some running for local and congressional offices.

But while some local political organizers on both sides of the aisle agree that Harris might help persuade people of South Asian descent to vote for Biden, researchers studying voter trends said a large number of Asian Americans in Texas have not yet made up their minds.

“The vote in Texas is very much up for grabs, not only in the Indian American community, but other Asian American communities as well,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political scientist who has been publishing studies on Asian American voters since at least 2012.