Asian American Voters Could Be Deciding Factor in 27 Districts
There are numerous competitive House races that are now considered toss-ups. What do all these districts have in common? A sizable Asian American population. AAPIData’s Sono Shah and Karthick Ramakrishnan reviewed the electoral map analyzing districts where AAPIs represent at least 5% of qualified voters. They found 27 congressional districts spanning 11 states, including in places where AAPIs are a fast-growing segment of the population. The sheer number of ‘toss-up’ seats with significant AAPI eligible voters this year is 11 -- meaning in these close races, this population of voters can make the deciding difference. In California, where the AAPI population is the largest in the country, there are nine races where AAPIs make up a significant portion of the voters. A total of five are rated as toss-up seats currently held by Republicans. Among Asian American voters, the Democratic Party holds a sizable advantage on most issues, with the greatest gaps found on the environment, racial discrimination, health care, and gun control, while the Republican Party fares stronger on issues like taxes, jobs, and the economy. More here.