Battle over House seat in California is a wake-up call about the importance of Asian American voters

By Brandon Tensley, CNN |

"I see this race as a kind of wake-up call that the API community is vast and important," Joe said. "Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in this country, and they do vote. Georgia showed us in 2020 how critical these voters can be in swinging things. And we're seeing that again today."

Just a few years ago, Asian Americans emerged as a key voting bloc and helped to put Joe Biden in the White House and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the US Senate.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, the founder and director of the nonprofit group AAPI Data and a professor of political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside, echoed some of Joe's sentiments.

"The Asian American vote, even though it's not large, is big enough to make a difference," he explained. "This district in California is part of that story."

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