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PoliticsIn Nevada, Democrats Vie for an Emerging Voting Bloc

14:45  27 july  2019
14:45  27 july  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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Democratic presidential candidates are courting the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community in Nevada in order to gain an edge in the battleground state with one of the fastest-growing voting groups.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wore a traditional Hawaiian lei as she discussed immigration and education before a room full of Asian-American and Pacific Islander voters in a Las Vegas restaurant — making her one of a number of 2020 hopefuls courting Nevada’s fastest-growing voter base.

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“We need to open up the number of people who are permitted in and we need to get the programs figured out,” Ms. Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, said to cheers from about 120 attendees of the July event, citing visa programs that affect many families in the group.

Census data show the group, known as AAPI, represents about 10% of the state’s population of 3 million, while the American Election Eve Poll of the 2018 elections shows its members voted about 70% Democratic. From 2010 to 2016, the number of eligible AAPI voters in the state grew 35%, according to AAPI Data and APIA Vote, groups that publish demographic information about the AAPI communities.

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In Nevada , Democrats Vie for an Emerging Voting Bloc . Democratic presidential candidates are courting the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community in Nevada in order to gain an edge in the battleground state with one of the fastest-growing voting groups.

Nevada is important overall in 2020, with early caucuses to be held in February. And among the more than a dozen Democrats who have held public events there, 10, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have held events for the AAPI community in the state.

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“In this primary, with a large field of candidates, winning a community like the AAPI constituency can make a difference in whether or not they win the state,” said Evan Louie, chairman of One APIA Nevada, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for Asian-American and Pacific Islander representation in elected offices, including progressive candidates in line with the group’s agenda. “They realize the importance of our community and the growth, and the level of engagement in seeing the electorate turn out.”

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A voting bloc like this can be decisive in close elections, which have been common in Nevada recently. Democrats flipped a U.S. Senate seat in 2018 when Jacky Rosen won the state by 5 percentage points. In 2016, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won Nevada by 2.4 percentage points, or 27,000 votes.

Asian-American leaders in Nevada have ramped up voter-registration efforts to pull together a community that—though it is about half Filipino-American—includes more than 40 languages and dialects. Election materials for Nevada’s 2020 caucuses will be printed for the first time in Tagalog, a Filipino dialect, along with English and Spanish. Democrats who want to vote over the phone in the state’s virtual caucus can also do so in those three languages.

“We’re not a one-touch, one-issue anything,” said Duy Nguyen, a planning commissioner for Clark County who also holds executive roles in One APIA Nevada and the Asian Community Development Council, a similar nonprofit. “No one keyword or one message will resonate with everyone.”

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President Trump’s campaign has yet to reach out to schedule an event, but local organizers said they are open to politicians from both parties. Republican National Committee spokesman Rick Gorka said the Trump campaign and RNC have been working with the AAPI community since 2016, noting they have held events and trainings in Nevada leading up to the 2020 election.

Local organizations, including labor unions SEIU Nevada, which represents health-care and public-service employees, and Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents hospitality workers, have hosted nearly a dozen presidential candidates to date with a focus on the AAPI population. That group includes New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, self-help guru Marianne Williamson and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is also discussing an event with local AAPI leaders.

Mr. Louie said there has been more interest in reaching out to the group as its share of the voters has grown. For instance, he said he had to push hard to convince former President Obama’s re-election campaign to do an event geared toward the AAPI community. Now, candidates approach him and other local leaders, offering to pay for the cost of food at an AAPI restaurant, outreach expenses and other charges. A representative for Mr. Obama declined to comment.

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“There’s a very large independent or non-committed voter [bloc], and it would be a shame to not be the party that goes out there and hears what their concerns are,” said Rochelle Nguyen, whose appointment in 2018 made her the AAPI community’s first Democratic member to join Nevada’s legislature.

She added that candidates recognize they need to meet with more groups beyond traditional organizations. Ms. Nguyen, who also helped form the first Asian Caucus in Nevada this May, hasn’t endorsed a candidate yet. She said she has been in touch or attended events for Mr. Booker, Ms. Harris, Mr. O’Rourke and Ms. Warren.

Local nonprofits and other nonpartisan organizations involved in hosting these events say they are educational and not fundraisers, nor will they lead to endorsements—but candidates’ staffs can approach attendees for individual contributions.

Malini Narula, an 18-year-old incoming college student, has attended recent AAPI-focused events in Las Vegas with Mr. Sanders and Ms. Harris, who is of South Asian descent.

“It makes me feel at least that I have a voice in my community,” Ms. Narula said, “and I can personally make a difference as a voter.”

Write to Emily Glazer at emily.glazer@wsj.com

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