Mr. Yang filed his paperwork to enter the race in the fall of 2017, but he didn’t generate any buzz until our colleague Kevin Roose wrote about his campaign months later.
Because, in the beginning, he was talking so much about the automation of jobs held by the white working class (truckers, for example), and because the audience for podcasts like Mr. Rogan’s is mostly white men, white men formed the base of his support.
And in general, I think his supporters — Asian-American and otherwise — are sad he dropped out, but confident that this isn’t the last they’ll hear from him.
Do you think race was a reason he lasted longer than other candidates?
Research from AAPI Data has shown that as Mr. Yang’s campaign grew, so did financial support from Asian-Americans.