October 28, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

Washington Post Highlights Kulkarni’s Position of Strength in the Final Week

The Post trumpets Kulkarni’s ability to both turn out new voters and appeal to suburban moderates

Sugar Land, TX — On Tuesday, The Washington Post highlighted Sri Preston Kulkarni’s campaign for Texas’s 22nd Congressional District, and underscored how the campaign’s outreach efforts are finding success with both previously-ignored, ethnically diverse communities and moderate suburban voters who are turned off by an extremist like Troy Nehls.

Some key points from the article, which can be read in full here

  • Kulkarni has also been connecting with suburban residents who used to vote for Republicans but have been turned off by, among other things, the response to the pandemic. More than half of those living in the district have college degrees, he said, and it has the highest number of doctors of any district in the state. His Republican opponent, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, has said mask mandates are “unprecedented overreach which looks more like a communist dictatorship than a free Republic.” 
  • “People understand science here,” Kulkarni said.
  • Although national Democrats didn’t think the district could flip in 2018, Kulkarni was optimistic because about 60 percent of those who live in the district are people of color and about a quarter are immigrants.
  • “I said, ‘Why aren’t we talking to these immigrants who are here?’ And I was told: ‘Well, don’t bother with them because immigrants don’t vote. Especially don’t bother with the Asian community because the easiest way to lose an election is to talk to people who don’t vote,’ said Kulkarni, whose campaign reached out to voters in more than two dozen languages, six of which he speaks himself.

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Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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