Kamala Harris of California, who officially said she is running for president in an announcement on Good Morning America on Monday, has the potential to be among the strongest contenders in the Democratic field. There may be no other candidate who better embodies how the modern Democratic Party has changed over the last few decades in identity and ideology. Harris, the daughter of an India-born woman and a Jamaica-born manspent much of her childhood in Berkeley, Californiabefore going to college at Howard University.
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Given that Asian American voters could provide the margin of victory in battleground states such as NevadaGeorgia, Wisconsin and Michigan, Democrats must make a concerted effort in to encourage them to vote and to convert the Trump supporters among them. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Monthas good a time as any to reflect on the political power of a community that doesn't always get the same attention as other minority groups. Asian Americans are incredibly diverse, making generalizing on topics, like voter patterns, difficult.
In the midterms, Democrats showed gains among Hispanic voters in most states, compared with Party operatives are concerned, however, about the slow rate of growth of these improved Democratic margins. Take turnout. Hispanics are one of the fastest growing ethnic constituencies in the United States, but their level of political participation is not keeping pace with their overall population numbers.
Inthey count as approximately four per cent of voters and more in terms of campaign contributions. According to the Pew Research Centre it is the fastest growing racial and ethnic group in the country, and both Republicans and Democrats are now paying attention to getting thoe voters to the polls. The Asian-American population in the state is approximately 10 per cent, a figure which represents rapid and massive growth and with that, influence.
The survey found that the group overwhelmingly favored Democratic candidates. The exit poll, conducted in English as well as 11 Asian languages, was taken in 50 cities in 14 states. The poll revealed that in both Senate and gubernatorial races, Asian-Americans supported Democratic candidates at levels far higher than overall voters did.
The auto body shop, the tax preparer, a church, a food market, countless restaurants — all are marked by signs written in Vietnamese. Or head seven miles west to Santa Ana, where Vietnamese makes way for Spanish along Calle Cuatro, a bustling enclave of stores and sidewalk stands serving an overwhelming Latino clientele. The Democratic capture of four Republican-held congressional seats in Orange County in November — more than half the seven congressional seats Democrats won from Republicans in California — toppled what had long been a fortress of conservative Republicanism.
For decades, Asian Americans in this district, a tri-county slice of suburbia built on the immigrant American dream, have supported their Republican congressman, a loyalty born from years of attendance at Buddhist temple ribbon-cuttings and Lunar New Year celebrations. Now Democrat Gil Cisneros is hoping to win a large share of their votes despite the fact that his opponent, Republican Young Kim, is a Korean American immigrant and former longtime liaison to the Asian community for the retiring Rep. Ed Royce. Cisneros has built a formidable operation in his bid for the Asian American votes that are up for grabs in the 39th Congressional District for the first time in years.
Jeremy Hobson. Samantha Raphelson. In the Orange County neighborhood known as Little Saigon, signs for political candidates with Vietnamese names line an intersection.
However, recently released data from the Census Bureau sheds new light on how this was done—with extraordinarily high levels of voter turnout among voting blocs that lean Democratic. They tell us which groups exceeded turnout expectations in and suggest that good things may be in store for Democrats in the presidential contest. Even before all the votes were counted last November, reports indicated that turnout had surged. Yet, a careful look at the new data shows groups that voted Democratic last November also displayed some of the biggest increases in voter turnout.