Avinash Iragavarapu, an MBA graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, helped Donald Trump to win the US Presidential elections. Political campaigning is his natural forte. He joined the YSR Congress’s election campaign in Andhra Pradesh after quitting his job with HCL Technologies Ltd in New Delhi.
His keen interest in politics could not keep him away from it even in the US. Avinash’s wife works for Intel in Arizona. He went to join her for holidays in 2014, and it was then where it all began.
Arizona was going for polls to elect its governor. Avinash did his own research and polls chose Doug Ducey as his candidate for the primary and wrote to his campaign.
Ducey’s campaign made Avinash a part of itself and he used to do a lot of “data work and polling”, primarily identifying the areas where they could spend the money they raised to gain votes.
Arizona traditionally is a Republican leaning state. Ducey went on to win the primaries, and even the Arizona Gubernatorial election in November 2014, defeating Fred DuVal comfortably. Avinash’s data work was well praised by the Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham.
With his astounding performance, he went on to achieve heights within the Arizona GOP. He was promoted to political director and then to executive director within a span of a year. This portfolio put him in charge of all the elections for Arizona, including the general elections.
Avinash was tasked to help Donald Trump win Arizona, a state that has been a Republican stronghold since George Bush won it in 2000. Donald Trump successfully won the state of Arizona and the 47 delegates that come with it. “I have met Donald Trump personally. He knows I am from India. He’s a totally fine person, and he’s embraced me with open arms. He has only spoken out against illegal immigration,” says Avinash.