Election Day could be history-making for Asian Americans, with the chance to elect the first Korean-American person to Congress in 20 years, and the first Korean-American woman and the first Filipino-American woman ever to Congress.
Asian-American voters can also make a difference in numerous races: While the group makes up 4.1 percent of voting-age citizens in the U.S., they are the fastest growing racial group in the country, according to the Pew Research Center.
Researchers expect the voting bloc to double by 2040, and Asian-American voters could end up swinging 27 congressional races this year, according to AAPI Data, a research program at the University of California, Riverside.
Five Filipino Americans are running this year: T.J. Cox from California’s 21st Congressional District; Gina Ortiz Jones from Texas’ 23rd Congressional District; Cristina Osmeña from California's 14th Congressional District; and Jennifer Zimmerman from Florida’s 1st Congressional District.
Historically, Vietnamese Americans have favored the Republican Party at rates higher than other Asian-American groups, and Asian-American voter identification grew more Republican from 2014 to 2018, unlike other Asian-American groups.