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Asian American voters in NY shifting toward GOP

Angry Asian American voters in New York vented their frustration at the polls in last week’s election.

Voters overwhelmingly elected Democrat Eric Adams as mayor. However, The City reports that in largely Asian American districts in the Brooklyn area, his Republican opponent, Curtis Sliwa did quite well.

Many of those voters leaning toward the GOP appear to be Chinese immigrant voters who are naturalized citizens.

593,000 New Yorkers as either being from China or of Chinese descent. 56% of the 400,000 Asian immigrants are naturalized citizens.

According to the New York Post, in the largely Asian populated Flushing Queens area, Sliwa won 1,400 more votes than Adams. Sliwa also won in the Asian populated 25th, 26th, and 30th districts.

That did not go unnoticed by some Democrats.

Rep Grace Meng (D-NY) tweeted that the vote results should set off alarm bells among Democrats.

What’s causing this shift? Anger over homeless shelters, plans for a new jail in Chinatown, and reforms in the gifted and talented program in public schools seem to be fueling this shift.

Republicans hope to capitalize.

“Like so many New Yorkers, they’re concerned about public safety, the quality of their kids’ education, the rising cost of living, and how the politicians controlling Albany aren’t fighting for the priorities most important to them,” Katie Vincentz, a spokesperson for GOP candidate for governor, Lee Zeldin, said to The City.

Frustration over the rising attacks on Asians in the city is also a factor.

“Asians have been getting violently attacked nonstop for over one year and the city has not done anything to make us feel safe,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim to the Post.

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