Campaigns, while having ramped up efforts in recent years, have not sufficiently reached out to the racial group, either. A survey from nonprofit research organization AAPI Data shows that 52% of Asian Americans nationwide had had no contact from the Democratic Party, and 60% had had no contact from Republicans. Cheng said that Asian American youths in particular, who make up a disproportionately large part of the racial group, are not being heard.
Karthick Ramakrishnan, the founder of AAPI Data, said that while the data is largely consistent with other research on Asian American voters in Texas, there are still some limitations. Because the survey was conducted in English, participants could have been skewed more toward being U.S.-born and produced results that tilted toward the Democratic Party. Data on the electorate from the Pew Research Center shows that the majority are foreign-born naturalized citizens.
Ramakrishnan also said that while the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters is surging, they make up a relatively small proportion of voters, at 4.6% of the electorate. And in terms of communities of color, he said, Latino voters have amassed significant power across the state, where they cast about 20% to 25% of all votes. But elections across Texas have been getting tighter, and that’s where Asian Americans come in.