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Washington, Oct 21 (IANS) Indian Americans and other ethnic groups are expected to play a key role in the Nov 4 US presidential elections in Virginia, a solidly Republican state for the last 40 years but now seen leaning towards Democrats.There are more than 160,000 Asian American citizens of voting age in the state, and an aggressive registration drive is adding several thousand voters to the highly organised Asian ethnic groups, which see them playing a pivotal role in the tightly contested state.
Asian American voters in Virginia, highly organized and registered in record numbers, have become energized by the presidential race and the role they see themselves playing in this tightly contested state.
Almost one third of the fast-growing Asian American electorate remains undecided in choosing a presidential candidate, placing the group among the key independent voters coveted by both the McCain and Obama campaigns, according to a new national survey.
Asian Americans ought to be in the sights of politicians seeking swing voters.
More than half have no party affiliation, and in this presidential election 34 percent of those who are likely to vote still haven't made up their minds.
Barring an improbable third-party upset, an Asian-American will be the next state representative for parts of Richardson and Garland, areas known for a large Asian population. The question is, will voters choose Republican Angie Chen Button or Democrat Sandra Phuong VuLe?
Barring an improbable third-party upset, an Asian-American will be the next state representative for parts of Richardson and Garland, areas known for a large Asian population.
The question is, will voters choose Republican Angie Chen Button or Democrat Sandra Phuong VuLe?
IF SOUTHEAST Asians could vote in the Nov. 4 U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama would probably romp home to an easy victory. There is no doubt that he has come over as an eloquent, likeable and inspirational candidate—despite the feeling, shared with many Americans, that his presentation hides a dearth of concrete policy positions. McCain, by contrast, appears staid and unexciting.
Within the cavernous Capitol Rotunda, the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce rallied Tuesday to pump up minority participation at the polls.
Look at Asian Americans today, says Paul Ong, "and what you're seeing is the awakening of the new sleeping giant in politics. The question is, how fast are we going to become a meaningful force?"