- The trend is consistent in state and nationwide elections, the newspaper’s reporting also showed.
The New York Times highlighted the shift showing Republicans gaining ground with the expanding voter bloc in nationwide contests since earning a recent low of 18% support in 2016, when former President Donald Trump won election.
- Trump, for his part, rebounded considerably with the Asian American community, earning 30% of their support in his 2020 reelection bid. Republicans expanded on those gains to earn 32% from the demographic in the 2022 midterms.
- In more localized contests, the trend is more pronounced. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott managed to win a majority of Asian American voters in the state for his 2022 reelection bid, earning 52% support to Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke’s 46%.
- The outlet attributed much of the change to the Asian American community’s discontent with Democratic Party policies on crime and education issues. Proposals to abandon meritocratic admission methods to elite schools do not appear to sit well with a community that traditionally performs well in those metrics.
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