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Congressional candidate Ro Khanna confident of winning primary in California

Congressional candidate Ro Khanna

California, June 4 (UITV)- All signs point to a Mike Honda-Ro Khanna general election rematch for California’s 17th Congressional District seat, one of the most hotly contested races in Silicon Valley.

The June 7 primary will pit the two Democratic 2014 general election combatants against one another, as well as challengers. The top two vote-getters advance to the general election. Khanna, 39, is confident he’ll be one of those two.

A San Francisco Bay Area CBS affiliate, KPIX, conducted a poll in which the voters sided 31 percent with the incumbent Mike Honda and 25 percent polled for the challenger Ro Khanna, shrinking the lead to 6 percent.

Honda, who is now entrenched in an ongoing ethics investigation by the House Ethics Committee, had narrowly beaten the Indian American attorney from Fremont, California, in the 2014 race for the same seat.

Ro Khanna, who once worked in President Barack Obama’s Commerce Department and serves as a lecturer at Stanford University, has laid out a platform highly-geared toward education.

Throughout the campaign, Khanna told that Indian Americans had a chance to make history by helping get a fellow Indian Americans voted into office in one of the most powerful districts in the country. He urged them to go out and vote – especially at the primary.

Khanna has been endorsed by many who previously sided with Honda in 2014, such a California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. President Barack Obama abstained from making an endorsement, previously having endorsed Honda.

Khanna and Honda are expected to have a rare intraparty battle in November, with both progressive candidates expected to advance past California’s June 7 primary, in which the top two candidates move on to the general election regardless of party.