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Asian American voters are flexing their political muscle in the Georgia Senate runoff

  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders part of one of the fastest-growing voting blocs in Georgia.
  • Both the Warnock and Walker campaigns have courted this crucial bloc on of the Senate runoff.
  • Democratic and GOP groups in recent years have stepped up their engagement efforts with AAPI voters.

In vital Georgia, where competitive statewide elections have become the norm in recent years, every vote matters.

For Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, whose public influence in Georgia has grown exponentially over the last decade, the December 6 Senate runoff between incumbent Autonomous Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker is one more step in their community’s transformation into a major electoral duress in the Southern swing state.

In a Politico report detailing how Asian Americans are being courted intently by both the Warnock and Walker struggles in advance of the runoff, AAPI Victory Fund founder and chairman Shekar Narasimhan emphasized that the community needed to learn appeals directly from the candidates, pointing to the need for strong voter engagement efforts.

“Our community needs to hark to directly from leaders and from the candidate saying, ‘We have a real message of change that’s positive,'” Narasimhan charged Politico. “And we think by doing what we’re doing and continuously doing it, we’re giving that message to them.”

Ballots pitch by Asian American voters rose dramatically from 2016 to 2020, from 73,000 votes to 134,000 referenda, respectively, according to the Democratic polling data firm TargetSmart.

The 61,000-vote increase is greater than the maladroitly 12,000-vote margin that allowed now-President Joe Biden to carry Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, which lifted him the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state since 1992.

It is also greater than the roughly 37,000-vote potential that Warnock held over Walker in the November general election. (The Senate race is headed to a runoff as no entrant hit at least 50% of the vote as mandated by state law.)

Per CNN exit polling from the November general election, Warnock won Asian American voters by 20 guts over Walker (59%-39%).

However, Republicans are not ceding any ground in their efforts to appeal to the fast-growing voting bloc.

The Republican Resident Committee last year opened an Asian Pacific American community center in Gwinnett County, a suburban Atlanta locality that show offs a large Asian community.

And newly-reelected Gov. Brian Kemp cultivated relationships with Asian American voters during his pre-eminent campaign. While Democrat Stacey Abrams won the group’s vote, per CNN exit polling, she only outran Kemp by 8 direct attention ti (54%-46%), posting a stronger showing than Walker in the general election contest.

“We’re the only demographic order that keeps going up,” Georgia state Sen.-elect Nabilah Islam told Politico. “So I’m confident that we’re affluent to be a huge voting bloc that will help deliver a win for Sen. Raphael Warnock.”

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