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Election Update: Democrats and Republicans Court AAPI Voters in Nevada, Warren Receives AAPI Endorsements

The Nevada caucus is less than a month away. Campaign signs in Mandarin and Tagalog have already begun to pop up around Las Vegas, KTNV reports.

To win Nevada, many Democratic candidates are focusing on appealing to AAPI voters. According to KTNV, the number of AAPI Nevadans has grown by 167 percent since 2000.

The Pete Buttiegieg and Bernie Sanders campaigns set up booths at a spring festival. Both Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang have set up campaign offices in Las Vegas’ Chinatown.

Recently, Elizabeth Warren received over an endorsement from a group of over 140 AAPI leaders, according to The Huffington Post. The group included big names like actress Constance Wu, NBC News anchor Kimmy Yang, author Celeste Ng and former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao.

The group wrote about their decision to endorse Warren in an open statement published on Medium.

“Openness, connection, a sense of purpose combined with humility — these are what America desperately needs today,” the group wrote. “This is what we, as Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders in our own communities, aspire to bring into being. And we believe that Elizabeth Warren is the leader who can help make it a reality at the grassroots and at the highest level.” 

Warren’s campaign manager, Roger Lau, told KTVN that AAPI voter outreach is important.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are paying attention and listening to what the politicians are saying,” Lau said.

Republicans have also begun to appeal to AAPI voters. Pauline Lee, the president of the Nevada Republican Club, said Republicans have been actively working on AAPI outreach.

“We’ve done that already with five roundtables with the AAPI business leadership. We intend to do two more,” Lee said.

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