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Las Vegas, NV – With the fast-changing political landscape resulting from the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses, the campaigns move to Nevada for the first Democratic and Republican caucuses in the West on Saturday, January 19th, where the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) votes will make a significant difference.
The MSNBC Democratic Presidential Debate on Tuesday, January 15th will pose AAPI specific questions to the Democratic candidates, reflecting the strategic importance and political strength of the AAPI community in Nevada and throughout the US.
The CNN/Nevada Democratic Party Debate last November had 4 million viewers, which set the record for a primary debate – thus, the upcoming MSNBC debate gives candidates an enormous opportunity to address the growing AAPI population in Nevada.
The AAPI population in Clark County has grown significantly in recent years, drawn by economic opportunities. First generation AAPIs have made considerable economic contributions, and more than half have gone on to become citizens. Within this diverse community, AAPI subgroups face more education and language barriers than others; AAPIs need both cultural and in-language assistance for the upcoming caucus.
“AAPIs are a key electorate in this critical race,” said Gloria Caoile, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and APIAVote board member. “AAPIs in Nevada are the fastest growing population in the country and specifically in Clark County In these unpredictable races – like the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses, AAPIs will swing the vote.”
“AAPIs from across the US, particularly AAPIs in the West, will be watching,” said Noe Kalipi, APIAVote board member. “Nevada - being the first caucus in the West and ranking 3rd for highest Pacific Islander population and 6th for highest Asian American population- will have a significant impact in how AAPIs vote.”
“More than 50% of first generation AAPIs in Clark County are citizens, and a substantial number of these citizens need in-language assistance to participate politically,” noted Doua Thor, Executive Director of SEARAC and APIAVote board member. “Candidates that wish to court their votes must first recognize these issues.”