Texas has the U.S.'s second-largest Indian American community. Politicians are starting to take notice

By Tom Benning |

Texas' fast-growing Indian American community is poised to play a decisive role in the 2020 election, reflecting a profound demographic shift that’s playing out in the emerging political battlegrounds of suburban Dallas and Houston.

The state is now home to the second-largest Indian American population in the U.S. — a development, to be clear, that didn’t happen overnight.

But politicians and political groups are engaging South Asian American voters in Texas in a deliberate and sustained way for the first time, as both Democrats and Republicans recognize the importance of connecting with a community that numbers there in the hundreds of thousands.

“Texas is the big dosa,” said Varun Nikore, president of the AAPI Victory Fund, making reference to an Indian delicacy that he likened to an enchilada. AAPI is a progressive super PAC devoting $1 million toward mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in Texas.