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Rishi Kumar Leads Poll in Congressional Race


For immediate release
Dec 5, 2023

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Julie Lafreniere: - email

Saratoga, CA, December 5, 2023 - New polling for the open Anna Eshoo Congressional District 16 seat show a tight race led by Democrat Rishi Kumar, who received 42.3% of the votes in the same district a year ago in the November 2022 election against the incumbent who had been in Congressional office for three decades.

Kumar, a tech executive and Democrat, leads Joe Simitian and Sam Liccardo in a growing field of ten candidates.

Kumar topped the field with 12% of the vote, followed by Simitian at 10%, Liccardo at 7%, and Low at 6%. Nearly 57% of likely voters remain undecided.

Kumar highlights his unique position as the sole candidate in the race who isn't a career politician, who does not accept PAC money, developer money and special interest group money, emphasizing his record of achievements, including a significant reduction in crime in Saratoga during his time on the council. He has also served on Governor’s University of California Regent committee and California's Department of Education K-12 public school computer science implementation panel. Kumar served multiple elected terms as a Saratoga Councilmember - with the unique distinction of being reelected with the highest votes in 66 years of his city, as well as both a Delegate and Executive Board terms on the California Democratic Party.

Rishi Kumar’s platform includes a range of critical issues like reducing crime, tackling inflation, fighting for abortion rights, Congressional term limits, overturning Citizens United - a push for clean money in American politics, banning insider trading in Congress, addressing climate change, and boosting Silicon Valley's innovation economy, with a focus on the Artificial Intelligence automation economy that is coming.

The poll, conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs surveyed 633 registered voters in CD-16. Clarity is a nationally recognized leader in polling used by the DNC, DCCC, DGA, DSCC, and DAGA.

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Julie Lafreniere: - email, Director, Press & Media Relations
Kumar for Congress
(408) 805-5993