‘Marginalized community’ provides margin of victory

NatureWatch of Eastern Samar

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – It’s been bandied about, but now it’s confirmed: The Asian AmericanPacific Islander vote helped put President Obama back in the White House.

Of Obama’s 4.7 million popular vote margin over Republican rival Mitt Romney, 1.4 million was provided by Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

Seventy-one percent of APAs voted for Obama, and 28 percent for Romney, even though nearly half, or 50 percent of APAs say they are independent or not affiliated with a political party.

As Mike Honda, a Democrat who represents Silicon Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives said during the presidential campaign: “A marginalized community has become the margin of victory.”

APIA Vote, a national non-profit that works on electoral and civic participation of Asian Pacific Americans, provided the numbers, following a study of the Nov. 6 election results and interviews with community leaders.

In a recent webinar hosted…

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