SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) - Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson has defeated Indian-American challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni to win re-election in a southeast Texas district that Democrats had hoped to flip due to a large Asian-American population.
Olson first came to Congress in 2009 in reliably Republican territory. But Texas' shifting demographics now mean that 60 percent of his district voters are minority and 20 percent are Asian, making it one of the state's largest Asian districts.
Both candidates raised over $1 million and charges of racism marred the race. The Fort Bend County Republican Party apologized for an ad in a district newspaper popular with Indian-Americans that likened Hindu deity Ganesha to the GOP's elephant symbol.