US elections: Telugu man who designed Donald Trump’s Arizona win

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NEHA JHA
Published Nov 10, 2016, 1:23 am IST
Updated Nov 10, 2016, 7:36 am IST
Clinton’s campaign always came across as overconfident. We focused on the voter group, kept microtargeting, says Avinash.
Arizona Republican party campaign strategist for Donald Trump Avinash (in picture) is from Rajahmundry.
 Arizona Republican party campaign strategist for Donald Trump Avinash (in picture) is from Rajahmundry.

HYDERBAD: The US presidential election has come to an end and Donald Trump is all set to be POTUS 45. In the thick of the action in Arizona, a state which voted for the tycoon, campaign strategist and the executive director of the Arizona Republican party, Avinash Iragavarapu, is ecstatic.

Mr Iragavarapu, originally from Rajahmundry, has called it a big win for Donald Trump. “Mr Trump is happy and very excited. He knows there is a lot of work to be done and promises to be fulfilled,” he says.

 

“People were celebrating the win. It is definitely a big victory. In the last couple of months, there were a few videos that had come out, with various allegations against Mr Trump. And because of those allegations we weren’t expecting a win but all the way, we knew that we were doing the right things. We were outspent by Hillary Clinton’s campaign by 2:1 — for every $2 they spent, we spent a dollar.”

The strategist also explained the forces behind the Trump victory. “There are multiple reasons behind his win. One: people were tired of the Democratic Party. They saw Ms Clinton as just an extension of Barack Obama, which they didn’t like. “Ms Clinton’s campaign always came across as overconfident. We focused on the voter group, kept microtargeting,” he said.

Many Indians backed Trump, says Avinash
Campaign strategist and the executive director of the Arizona Republican party Avinash Iragavarapu is ecstatic over Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton.

“When surveys showed Ms Clinton was leading, we redirected our resources. All the while, we were very agile. We had a last-minute action plan ready for various scenarios.”

“Especially in my state (Arizona), there are not many Indian-American votes. However, in other states such as New Jersey there were quite a few Indian-Americans who backed Mr Trump.”

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