Neveda is a battleground state in this year’s presidential election. On the political news site The Hill, Congressman Mike Honda (D-California) blogs on the difference Asian Americans in Nevada can make a difference:
“Even as AAPIs grew the fastest out of all ethnicities — growing 46 percent from 2000 to 2010 nationally — Nevada’s AAPI community grew at an astounding rate of 116 percent and now comprises 9 percent of the state. Despite our community’s impressive growth, however, only 55 percent of AAPIs are registered to vote nationally and one-third of AAPI voters remain undecided. … It makes sense why AAPIs would vote for Obama, and why in the 2008 election — this community gave Obama a 62 to 35 percent victory over Sen. McCain. On economy and job growth; healthcare; and education, the records demonstrate the President’s winning results for AAPIs.”
I have a friend who moved out to Las Vegas over a year ago and he had mentioned that his parents and a bunch of his parents’ friends moved there to retire (the low cost of housing, living and no state income tax certainly makes Nevada attractive to many retirees). I find it fascinating to see the growing Asian American population explode in Las Vegas (where I am assuming most Asian Americans live – since most of the population of Nevada is based there). Given the closeness of the presidential race, I’m thinking of heading there this upcoming weekend to see what the battleground looks like.