2020 Dems: Who’s Winning the AAPI Money Race So Far?
AAPI Data late last week released its analysis of first quarter FEC filings revealing how much each declared Democratic candidate had raised from Asian donors. The three candidates leading the field: NJ Senator Cory Booker ($394,923), HI Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard ($390,155), and CA Senator Kamala Harris ($322,047). More than 60% of Asian contributions went to these three candidates. There is a nearly $200,000 gap between this top tier and the rest of the field. AAPI Data’s Sono Shah also analyzed the amount Asian donors have contributed and their regions. Asian donors in the first quarter made 4,057 contributions totaling $1,788,850 to the 14 major Democratic presidential candidates. Asian contributions from California represent the largest share of any state for most candidates, but Booker has raised the bulk of his Asian contributions from New Jersey and New York -- two states with significant AAPI populations. Donors in these three states account for more than 60% of the contributions Asians made during this period. As 2020 draws closer, Asian American voters will be one of the key constituencies -- the AAPI electorate is the fastest growing racial group in the U.S. Results from the 2018 midterm elections show that AAPIs contributed significantly to the Democratic margins of victory, but their vote is up for grabs. Almost 2 in 5 Asian American registered voters don't identify as either a Democrat or Republican. As we told you last week, the AAPI Victory Fund and Asian Americans Rising are teaming up to host a Democratic Presidential Forum on AAPI issues September 8th in Orange County, CA. More here.