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Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril.Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.
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IRVINE, Calif. — APA issues and concerns will be on center stage during a May 17 UC Irvine town hall, where the three presidential hopefuls have been invited for a question-and-answer session.
LAS VEGAS — Filipino American community organizers meeting here this week believe that the “strategic importance and political strength” of the Asian American and Pacific Islander population in the U.S. will be the deciding factor in November’s presidential elections. ? Meantime, they are confident that the collective vote of Nevada’s Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is expected “to make a significant difference” as the battle for party nominations shifts focus to the Democratic caucuses set here on Saturday, January 19.
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Representatives of the presidential campaigns last month addressed Sikh, Asian and Pacific Islander American issues at a town hall in Washington.
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Editor’s Note: Asian Americans flexed their muscle on Super Tuesday, and emerged as a swing voter bloc in California, where Asian American voters make up 8 percent of the Democratic electorate, reports NAM staff writer Kenneth Kim. Asian Americans are about 8 percent of the Democratic voters but might have emerged as the new swing vote that helped Hillary Clinton win California. According to a CNN exit poll, about 75 percent of Asian voters cast their ballots for Clinton compared to 23 percent for Obama.
Asian Americans represent the fastest growing demographic segment in this country and a critical voting bloc.