Maine tops the nation with 96.9 percent of its population described as Euro American, while 96.7 percent of Vermont (Bernie Sander’s home state) and 96 percent of New Hampshire are descended from Europe, according to the census. All three were at least 98 percent white in the 1990 census.
Immigration has not been a big issue in New Hampshire despite attempts by conservative news outlets to stoke anti-immigrant fears.
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The vast majority of minority voters are clustered around the urban centers. New Hampshire’s largest city Manchester has only a population of about 110,000, about the size of an L.A. suburb. The entire state is about 1.3 million people, or about the same number of people living in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The issues that concern Asian American voters and other minority voters have not been addressed in these two highly scrutinized states.Outside of the fear-mongering, a serious discussion of immigration has hardly been addressed by either party’s candidates.The problems that face cities and its residents – building more affordable housing, better transportation alternatives to the automobile, regional planning vs. local control, having good, equal education opportunities in a globally competitive world and down to simply fixing the potholes in our crumbling roadways – have scarcely been mentioned.Nevertheless, the outcomes of two of the most White and rural states in the country — because of the media attention they receive — have a strong influence on the tone and course of the continuing conversation on who deserves to be the next President of the United States — even though Iowa and New Hampshire don’t begin to represent the real diversity of our nation anymore.
Now, Nevada and South Carolina, next on the primary schedules, are a different story. Stay tuned.
(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)
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