Sikh Candidate Struggles to Garner Votes

March 14, 2004

Source: The Indian Press

On March 14, 2004 The Indian Press reported, "He was always a long-shot candidate, but if the polls are any guide, Sikh millionaire Chirinjeev Kathuria’s groundbreaking run for the US Senate could come to an abrupt halt next week. A political novice with deep pockets and a compelling biography, the 39-year-old son of Indian immigrants has garnered global media coverage for his bid to become the first South asian to be elected to the US Senate. But the 'turban and beard' candidate has never really caught on with the voters in the midwestern state of Illinois, barely registering in published polls. Nevertheless, with just 72 hours to go to until a sudden death qualifying round on Tuesday, when voters will whittle the field of 15 candidates down to just two, Kathuria is upbeat about his chances. 'Even to this day, I believe I am going to win,' said Kathuria, a Republican. 'If I can turn out enough of the minority vote and the independent vote, I can get the numbers I need.'"