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Asian Vote Matters in Swing States

World Journal, Posted: Sep 09, 2008

NEW YORK – If the two presidential candidates are geared up to try and win the swing states they should be courting Asian Americans votes, because they can be the tipping point, the World Journal reports. Gautam Dutta, director of the non partisan organization Asian American Action Fund, pointed out that Asian votes may not matter much in the country-wide election, but in the swing states, they could be the crucial one to two points to win the state. Dutta said Virginia Senator Jim Webb’s beating George Allen in 2006 is an example of leveraging Asian American. Allen called South Asian Webb’s volunteers “macaca”, which made the whole Asian American community angry, also Webb, who has a Vietnamese American wife, successfully used his connection with that community to court votes. He won 76 percent votes and the senatorship.


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