Asian Americans played a key role in Democrats’ “blue wave” in this year’s midterm elections, with 77 percent of Asians nationwide voting for Democratic candidates, according to NBC News exit polling, compared to 23 percent who voted for Republicans.
In Orange County, California, Asian-American voters are thought to have helped flip three congressional seats so that the previous Republican stronghold is now entirely represented by Democrats. And Vietnamese Americans — who have historically voted Republican by wide margins — may have contributed to this shift, according to experts.
“The common assumptions about the Vietnamese community aren’t actually true anymore,” said Tracy La, executive director of the progressive group VietRISE.
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