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The way Helen Gym sees it, Asian Americans could be the key to victory in Pennsylvania.

The Asian American population has become a much greater force in Pennsylvania over the last two decades, increasing by 99 percent since 2000, according to data compiled by APIAVote, a nonpartisan group advocating for Asian American civic participation.

There are about 251,000 eligible AAPI voters in Pennsylvania, about 4 percent of the electorate.

While the AAPI community may be growing enough to attract more attention from candidates and campaigns, obstacles to participation still exist, Masanali said.

Asian Americans don’t vote because candidates and politicians don’t reach out to them — and politicians don’t reach out to Asian Americans because they don’t vote.”

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