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Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Democratic nomination in Chicago

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Businessman Raja Krishnamoorth. File Photo. (Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald via AP)

Businessman Raja Krishnamoorth. File Photo. (Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald via AP)

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Indian-American businessman from the Chicago suburbs of Schaumburg, has won the Democratic party’s nomination for his 8th District congressional race, beating out a suburban mayor and a state legislator.

His overwhelming victory came Tuesday, with 59 percent of precincts reporting, Krishnamoorthi had already wrapped up nearly 60 percent of the vote, far ahead of state Sen. Michael Noland, whom had collected 28 percent of the vote, and Deborah Bullwinkel, who had just 12 percent.

Krishnamoorthi still has his work cut out for him; to represent the state’s 8th Congressional District, he will need to defeat Republican Peter DiCianni, former mayor of Elmhurst and current DuPage County board member. DiCianna ran unopposed in the GOP primary, seeking to fill the seat vacated by Tammy Duckworth, who just won a Democratic nomination of her own for her Senate race. Krishnamoorthi said his radar is finely tuned into his opponent DiCianni, but noted the GOP ticket in the fall general election likely would be topped by Donald Trump — whose policies are “completely at odds with what the people of the 8th District want.”

“Instead of buildings walls, we should be building bridges,” Krishnamoorthi said in reference to Trump’s promise to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

DiCianni disagrees with Krishnamoorthi’s sentiment — he carries the endorsements of 26 mayors, and is hoping to win back the seat for the GOP, and said the voters in his race will pay just as much attention to what’s going on in their backyard, as they will the national stage.

“Regardless of who wins for president, the race will be between him and I,” DiCianni said.

This his second race for the same seat, Krishnamoorthi has enjoyed more than healthy fundraising and support during his second go-around — his lead in fundraising over his two opponents is fairly substantial, reporting a total of nearly $1.7 million in campaign contributions through Feb. 24. That amount equates to nearly four times the funds raised by his democratic opponents Noland and Bullwinkel.

Krishnamoorthi, 42, was born in New Delhi, but came to the U.S. as an infant and grew up in Peoria, IL. He graduated with an engineering degree from Princeton University, and a law degree from Harvard. Previously, he served Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and worked as a deputy state treasurer. Currently, he works as president of Sivananthan Labs and Episola Inc.

He recalled the past elections he lost to Tammy Duckworth, as mentioned previously, her exit from the legislature put Krishnamoorthi in a position for another run.

“We won over a lot of folks who cast votes for Tammy Duckworth four years ago because we maintained a civil and respectful contest last time,” he said.

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U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hits 600,000

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The U.S. has reached a grim milestone. More than 600,000 people have died from Covid-19 as officials race to vaccinate more people. But deaths have also been slowing for months because of an aggressive campaign to vaccinate the nation’s elderly and medically vulnerable people.

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20 dead, many injured in Pakistan bus crash

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — A bus crammed with pilgrims coming back from a Muslim religious festival crashed in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and leaving dozens of others injured. Officials say the bus was overloaded and passengers were even traveling on the roof of the bus. The death toll is expected to increase. 

Police say man accused of killing four members of a Pakistani Canadian Muslim family targeted them for their Islamic faith. 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman is facing several murder charges for allegedly running them over in his pickup truck. Investigators say there is evidence this was premeditated and motived by hate.

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One in two Indian Americans have encountered racism

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — According to a new study, Fifty percent of Indian Americans say they have encountered racism in the U.S. in the past year. Discrimination against darker-skinned people is the most common form of bias encountered and the main perpetrators are non-Indians. The study also shows Indian Americans are the second largest immigrant group in the US with more than 4 million living in the country.

Judge Zahid Quraishi has been confirmed by the US Senate, becoming the first Muslim American federal judge. Quraishi, who is of Pakistani descent, was serving as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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