The Indian Americans Voting for Trump

Democrats have always relied on the community’s vote. This election year, that relationship is complicated.

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US President Donald Trump lights the Diya during the Diwali ceremonial at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 13, 2018. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Isha Banerjee


June 6, 2024


8 min

If you asked Indian Americans about elections this year, a common response was, “Which one?” But with India’s election out of the way, all eyes are now on November, when many will cast their ballots in the U.S. presidential election. 

It’s shaping up to be a tantalizing contest, with former U.S. President Donald Trump and incumbent Joe Biden neck-and-neck in polls. And in swing states, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, neither has a clear advantage, meaning the margins for victory may be extremely slim. Smaller, perhaps, than the Indian American populations in those states. That’s why the demographic, which surpassed Chinese Americans as the largest Asian-alone population in the U.S. this year, is a crucial voting bloc. And some have already made their choice. Surprisingly, for a historically Democratic group, it’s not Biden.

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