While Kamala Harris has received the support of Indian-Americans of all hues, except 'Hindutva groups', her detractors say that she is too close to the Israeli lobby which might alienate her from Arab-Americans who support Palestinian rights.
Indians are happy because Harris has her roots in Chennai. But the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre may not share the same enthusiasm as a Democratic presidency is regarded in India as intrusive, especially on human rights issues.
Harris was born to two immigrant parents: a Black father and an Indian mother. Her father, Donald Harris, was from Jamaica, and her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer researcher and civil rights activist from Chennai.
US officials believe China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its criticism of the White House, expanding its efforts to shape public policy in America and to pressure political figures seen as opposed to Beijing's interests.
After months of hearing Trump denigrate mail-in balloting, Republicans in the critical battleground state now find themselves far behind Democrats in the perennial push to urge their voters to cast ballots remotely.