State legislator Nikki Haley won the Republican primary for governor of South Carolina, although she fell just short of the 50 percent plus one she needed to avoid a run-off. As her nearest opponent, Congressman Gresham Barrett, got less than half of her total votes, there will be considerable pressure for him to drop out. That would give Haley an uninterrupted shot at the general election in November, which she would likely win running away (South Carolina being a Republican-friendly state in an election year that is trending conservative).
Should all this come to pass, Haley will become the second Indian-American governor serving in the United States, along with Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
Indian-Americans are one of the few ethnic minorities that divide their loyalties almost evenly between the two major parties. The US India Political Action Committee is currently raising funds for six Democrats and four Republicans.