GOP Asian-American lawmakers say a new analysis shows that Asian voters are shifting to the Republican Party as a sign that they are rejecting “leftist priorities” and Democratic ideals of socialism.
The New York Times published an in-depth look at New York City’s neighborhoods with the most potential Asian American voters Monday. The study examines the 2022 gubernatorial race between former Rep. Lee Zeldin and current Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The Times study found that while the districts “remained broadly blue,” they shifted 23 points Republican over 2018. According to the analysis, this is “the largest electoral shift in Asian areas between 2006 and 2022”.
Although Hochul, a Democrat, won the election, the study found that almost “the entire city” shifted to the right, with Asian voters shifting reddest.
Top lawmakers in Congress say the results show voters are tired of “big government” Democratic policies that hurt the “American dream.”
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“Many Asian Americans, especially first-generation immigrants like myself, have seen firsthand the destruction of communism and socialism,” Michelle Steele, D-Calif., told Fox News Digital Monday.
“They understand the dangers of progressive big government policies and unchecked spending that have led to the destruction of the nation’s economy,” he continued. “Over a third of my district is Asian-American. They tell me consistently that they want to derail the government. Left-wing priorities of higher taxes and regulation work exactly the opposite of that goal.”
Steele’s parents fled North Korea and he was born in South Korea before moving to the United States at age 19.
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“Safe, prosperous communities are essential to preserving the American Dream, but far-left policies are destroying hard-working Americans’ opportunities to succeed, endangering public safety and undermining the American values we hold dear,” Young Kim, D-Calif., told Fox. News Digital Monday.
In 2018, Kim, who became the first Korean-American woman in Congress, moved from South Korea. He has previously called the GOP the party that pushes people to realize the “American dream.”
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According to the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are the fastest growing group in the US and currently make up about 7% of the population. They have been targeted by Democratic and Republican leaders as potential voters in contentious midterm elections.
A New York Times study also noted that Asians make up 14% of New York City’s population, “the fastest growing group of eligible voters in the city.”
The Republican Party has invested heavily in the Asian American community ahead of November’s midterm elections, seeing it as an opportunity to permanently integrate minorities into the GOP’s ranks as voters grow frustrated with the policies of the Biden administration.
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A spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) previously told Fox News Digital that the DNC has also invested heavily in Asian American communities, which the organization sees as “central” to gaining more seats in Congress.