In the 2014 midterm elections, 49 percent of Asian American voters backed a Democratic House candidate, according to exit polls.
Anti-immigration rhetoric by Republicans has pushed Asian American voters to the left for decades.
“I believe the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Trump has struck a nerve among Asian American voters who are moderate-leaning or swing voters,” James Lai, an ethnic studies professor at Santa Clara University, told Vox.
In California’s Orange County, for example, Asian Americans voters helped make the difference in closely contested districts that flipped from Republican to Democrat.
“California is going to be a big state to show the power of Asian American voters.