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AAPI vote could be the margin of victory in Nevada

Hillary Clinton with Judy Chu
Above, Rep. Judy Chu introduces the candidate to a rally of Asian American political activists last month.

By Ed Diokno

Ever walk into a Nevada casino and notice the number of Asians working there? Waiters, cooks, servers, blackjack and poker dealers, security, maids, change makers, cab drivers – they are everywhere.

Filipinos are now the second largest minority group in Clark County where Las Vegas is located, behind Latinos. There are so many residents from Hawaii that they call the city The Ninth Island.

Asian Americans comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, and their numbers have increased 56 percent since 2000. In Nevada, Asian Americans are 9 percent of the population.AAPI Vote in Battleground States

“It’s a fast-growing population. Its young people are getting engaged,” said Shu-Yen Wei, who helps with Asian American outreach for the Democratic National Committee. “That’s why people are interested.”

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Since the Democratic race is unexpectedly close, the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are scrambling for every vote. The AAPI vote could determine the outcome of the Feb. 20  Democratic caucus.


“Sanders is much more focused on the Latino community than the AAPI community”, said Emily Persaud, the Nevada state coordinator for the America Action campaign, a non-partisan group which campaigns for immigrants to take citizenship and then become involved in politics.


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”This week Clinton activists announced a week of campaigning targeted at Asian Americans in Nevada, and the candidate has also received the endorsement of the Asian American political action committee CAPA21.


For many of Nevada’s AAPI voters, this may be the first time to participate in a caucus. To help them, a coalition of AAPI organizations is holding a workshop tonight on how the caucuses work. This training will give anyone intending to participate in either the Feb. 23 Republican or Feb. 20 Democratic caucuses hands-on, interactive practice to exercise your voice!




Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
6330 Spring Mountain Road
Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89146


(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)

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