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About nine Nigerian Americans are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections in the United States.

Running mostly on the platform of the Democratic Party, the candidates are bidding for different offices at the federal, state, and local levels.

It was gathered that besides the presidential election, governorship polls are holding in 11 states and two territories, in addition to other state and local elections.

Congressional elections are also holding on Tuesday with all the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate up for grabs.

At the federal level, Oye Owolewa, whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representatives.

Also at the federal level, Yomi Faparusi, an Ibadan-born native of Ode-Ekiti in Ekiti State, is vying as an independent candidate to represent the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

In Missouri, a Republican-controlled state, Yinka Faleti from Lagos is the Democratic Party flagbearer in the election for the office of Secretary of State.

Also at the state level, Paul Akinjo from Ondo State is running for election to the California State Assembly under the Democratic Party to represent District 12.

In Delaware, a small Mid-Atlantic U.S. state, Adewunmi Kuforiji from Ibadan in Oyo State is aspiring to represent District 34 in the state House of Representatives.

Also at the state level, Esther Agbaje, is seeking to represent District 59B in the Minnesota House of Representatives on the platform of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, an affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party.

On the ballot at the local government level are April Ademiluyi, Ngozi Akubuike and Benjamin Osemenam.

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