By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
Asian Americans in early voting have turned out in record numbers in several battleground ground states, according to the AAPI Victory Fund.
The fund is an Asian American Superpac which has come out in support of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
The Fund says a vote analysis by TargetSmart,a political data firm, found the early AAPI vote is 42.7% of the registered electorate in Nevada and 36.7% in North Carolina.
The results from TargetSmart roughly matches information from Catalist, a Democratic analytics firm, which found that voter turnout from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has doubled in Florida, Arizona, Virginia and North Carolina has doubled from 2012 and tripled in Georgia, reported The Huffington Post.
If accurate, this is good news for Democrats and Hillary Clinton. The National Asian American Survey found Asian Americans lean Democratic and overall support Hillary Clinton by a wide margin.
“It’s possible in several of these states, the AsianAmerican population could mean the difference between victory or defeat,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, the founder of AAPI Data, a research group that focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander demographics and policy, told The Huffington Post. “When it comes to battleground states, it becomes a battle of yards and inches.”
“There will be many story lines out of this election and the most important to us is that our early investments in registering and turning out the AAPI community has paid precious dividends,” said the AAPI Victory Fund in a statement. “More than anything it shows that despite the lack of targeting of our community’s by establishment political entities, our vote share towards Democrats is creating an emerging AAPI voting block that has profound implications on this and future.
“We have seen Virginia turn blue based, in part, on the diversity of the northern Virginia suburbs. Similar demographic trends are happening across the country, in states as diverse as Georgia, Colorado and Texas the AAPI community is an emerging electoral force.”
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