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IRVINE, CALIF. – Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spoke on Asian-American issues while John McCain declined an invitiation to the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall May 17 at the Bren Events Center on the University of California, Irvine campus.
In the fight for independents, Hispanics and women, Republicans and Democrats alike seem to have forgotten about one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, Asian Americans.
COMMENTARY | It's hard to believe Asian-Americans were once a core constituency of the Republican Party. But the pendulum began to shift to the Democrats as Asian-Americans changed their voting preferences. But are the Democrats taking them for granted? Could Asian-Americans come back to the GOP?A report by Lake Research Partners indicates Asian-Americans prefer Democrats by a 3-to-1 margin. And that's not a small factor. Asian-Americans are also the fastest growing voting group, eclipsing Hispanics, blacks and whites.
What does Asian America think about the current presidential election? If you only pay attention to the mainstream media, you could come away with the impression that Asian Americans are not involved in the democratic process — or don’t really care. And this may also seem a bit ironic, considering that the presumptive Democratic nominee was born in Hawai‘i, went to school as a child in Indonesia and has a half-Indonesian half-sister .
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Following an IndUS Business Journal political poll of Asian Indians earlier this year, the Asian American Justice Center and APIAVote have recently released a poll of Asian American and Pacific Islanders that similarly found that President Barack Obama is in high favor compared to other candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election.