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Subramanyam wins Va. 10 primary with suburban appeal and South Asian support

Subramanyam wins Va. 10 primary with suburban appeal and South Asian support

The first-term state senator from Loudoun County narrowly beat his closest competitor in a Democratic Party primary with 12 candidates.

By Antonio Olivo
June 20, 2024 at 3:35 p.m. EDT



Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (Loudoun) talks to voters at a Leesburg, Va., polling station on Tuesday. (Mark Miller/The Washington Post)

In his successful bid to win Virginia’s Democratic nomination for Rep. Jennifer Wexton’s (D) seat Tuesday, state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (Loudoun) appeared in campaign ads goofing around with his two young daughters, wearing his gear as a volunteer firefighter and EMT, and taking a romantic stroll with his wife through a leafy suburban neighborhood.

Meanwhile, a D.C.-based organization dedicated to building Indian American political power in the United States was sending out its own pro-Subramanyam mailers to 90,000 likely voters in the 10th Congressional District, 22 percent of whom are South Asian, with hopes of seeing Virginia elect its first South Asian member of Congress.

The combination — an all-American dad and husband with massive behind-the-scenes support from one of the country’s fastest-growing communities — helped Subramanyam beat his 11 opponents in a Democratic primary in which most of the candidates were aligned on key issues such as gun control and women’s reproductive rights.

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By Antonio Olivo
Antonio Olivo covers government, politics and other issues in Northern Virginia. He has also reported from Afghanistan and Mexico after joining The Washington Post in 2013. Twitter https://x.com/aolivo
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