Mike Honda vs. Rho Khanna For US Congress, California D17


The main stream media has been abuzz with the ability of Rho Khanna (D) to raise over $3.2 million  to unseat the incumbent Mike Honda (D).   Rho lives in the East Bay and was a mid-level member of the Obama administration.   Honda so far received about $1.1 million.

However, with the latest poll conducted by Democracy for America,  Honda is 19% ahead of Rho and 16% ahead of a Republican challenger.  The latest poll results can be reviewed in the following link -


http://www.indiawest.com/news/17232-new-poll-shows-honda-leading-indian-american-competitors-in-hot-race.html17


LSI also had commissioned a poll asking Vietnamese-Americans about the name recognition of each candidate.   A poll, conducted by a private foundation - Viet Polling Media, asked 217 Vietnamese-Americans in D17 whether they recognize  Mike Honda,  Rho Khanna and Vanila Singh.

The result is 65% either recognize who is Mike Honda or familiar with his name.   Vanila Singh is not known at all in the community while Rho Khanna is familiar in 9% of the population.   The margin of error is 5%.

Khanna hired some Vietnamese-Americans to help him get closer to the Vietnamese-American voters.   Nevertheless, their lack of credibility with the community ends up hurting Rho more than helping him.

LSI is not a gambler but with this kind of name recognition in the community,  it is safe to predict that Khanna will not even make a dent in the Vietnamese-American voting blocs that will most likely favor Honda.

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