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Indian-Americans energized by Kamala Harris' presidential bid

Democrat looks to win voters in one of the fastest growing demographics in US

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrives at the U.S. Capitol before the start of the day's Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in Washington on Jan. 31.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Kamala Harris has brought excitement to the Asian American community in her bid to not only become the first woman to become U.S. president, but the first African American woman, the first Asian American and the first Indian American to take up the Oval Office.

Harris, 54, whose name Kamala means "lotus" in Sanskrit, is a relative newcomer to national politics after winning a U.S. Senate seat in California in 2016 after serving as the state's attorney general for six years. Her mother immigrated to the U.S. from India while her father immigrated from Jamaica. Her decision to run for president in January created a swell of excitement among Asian Americans and the country's other minority groups.

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