Last night there was a flurry of activity on the Sepia Mutiny tip line as two Desi candidates won victories in the their Democratic primary election.
Hansen Clarke, a fellow Bangladeshi-American (yay!) hailing from Detroit beat out incumbent U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in a controversial bid for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. We’ve written about Hansen in the past here, and it’s safe to say that his victory yesterday in a largely Democratic district has secured his Congressional seat on November 2nd’s Election Day.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick became the sixth incumbent to lose re-election in a primary fight this year when State Sen. Hansen Clarke ousted the seven-term congresswoman 47%-41% on Tuesday.
“The baggage we’re getting rid of is the old political culture in Detroit which is about the politician being entitled to the perks of the office rather than being committed to serving the people,” Clarke said, according to the Detroit News… [wsj]
Down to the South of Michigan in the great state of Kansas, Raj Goyle of Witchita won his Democratic primary for the 4th Congressional District.
Goyle, who easily handled underfunded challenger Robert Tillman, drew repeated applause from the standing-room only crowd at his victory party when he vowed to work to end tax subsidies that help corporations outsource American jobs overseas…He also drew loud applause when he promised to hold Wall Street bankers accountable for their actions that plunged the nation into recession. [witchitaeagles]
As a Democrat running for a seat in a predominantly conservative district, it’s easy to assume that Raj Goyle is an underdog. But amid increasingly-negative campaigns run by the Republican candidates, Goyle is in excellent shape ahead of an almost uncontested primary. [kansan]
Congratulations on well fought elections. Here’s to another three months of battle till November 2nd. I’m really looking forward to doing Congressional visits now.