Harris’ ancestral village in India gets festive as Biden leads the way

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By Ravikumar P

THULASENDRAPURAM, India, Nov. 5 (Reuters) – Villagers in the ancestral Indian home of Kamala Harris painted slogans on the roads wishing his victory on Thursday as Joe Biden, his Democratic presidential candidate, moved closer to the White House.

Thulasendrapuram, located about 320 km (200 miles) south of Chennai, is where Harris’ maternal grandfather was born over a century ago.

“Since yesterday, we are delighted with the end result,” said Abirami, a resident of the village. “Now we are hearing positive news. We are waiting to celebrate his victory.”

Many of her neighbors watched the count updates on their cell phones.

The lush green village in the south of the country was also decorated with Harris posters, with prayers offered at the local Hindu temple.

Biden is leading the tally and has predicted he will win, but tightly contested states – including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina – still counted the votes, leaving the election outcome uncertain. L1N2HR0BX

Harris’ grandfather P.V. Gopalan and his family moved to Chennai almost 90 years ago. He retired there as a senior government official.

Harris, who was born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both immigrated to the United States to study, visited Thulasendrapuram at the age of five and repeatedly recalled walks with her grandfather on the beaches of Chennai.

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