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Mercury News: Race to unseat @RepMikeHonda getting crowded

Mike HondaThe entry of two more Congressional candidates in the only Asian American majority district in the country has thrown more uncertainty into the race, reports the Mercury News.

Until recent weeks, it was widely assumed incumbent Rep Mike Honda would face Ro Khanna in a Ro KhannaNovember runoff following the June primary.

Analysts say that’s still likely to happen, but how the votes split out is harder to predict.

Vanilla SinghWhen Republican Vanila Singh entered the race in January, Khanna’s hold on second place became shaky. One poll had Singh actually ahead of Honda when voters were told about Singh’s party affiliation.

But in the last week, two more Republicans have entered the race–Joel Vanlandingham, a tech recruiting executive, and Vinesh Singh Rathore, an attorney who works for Google.

That means three Republicans will compete for votes under a system in which voters are allowed to vote across party lines. With the Republican votes likely now split, Khanna could have a stronger hold on second place.

In all there are three Indian Americans and three Republicans now opposing Honda.

You can read about what political analysts predict about this race in the Mercury News.


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