Asian American voters could make a difference in Georgia’s Dec. 6 Senate runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and his Republican opponent Herschel Walker. Both candidates have begun to court AAPI voters ahead of the runoff.
Warnock was elected during a runoff on January 5, 2021. He defeated former Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler. In late 2020, civic organizations like National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the Democratic Party of Georgia worked hard to mobilize AAPI voters for the runoff.
This year political parties are continuing to target AAPI voters. According to POLITICO, Sen. Warnock recently contacted the AAPI Victory Fund to host a rally for AAPI voters.
“Our community needs to hear directly from leaders and from the candidate saying, ‘We have a real message of change that’s positive,’” Shekar Narasimhan, Chairman and Founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, told POLITICO. “And we think by doing what we’re doing and continuously doing it, we’re giving that message to them.”
In September, before the November 2022 General Election Walker hosted an event for Indian American voters. The GOP says Republicans remain committed to the Asian American community in Georgia.
“Republicans have been on the ground investing in Georgia’s Asian American community and earning votes all cycle,” Nainoa Johsens, the RNC’s director of Asian Pacific American media told POLITICO.
Asian American voting power has been steadily increasing throughout the past few years. Business Insider reports that Democratic polling data firm TargetSmart found that AAPI voters increased from 2016 to 2020, from 73,000 votes to 134,000 votes.
Currently, AAPI voters in Georgia appear to favor Warnock. According to NBC News, exit polls from the November general election showed that 59 percent of AAPI voters supported Warnock and 39 percent of AAPI voters supported Walker.
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