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Because it’s merit-based.”Proponents of the measure note that polls indicate most Asian Americans support affirmative action, as do a majority of all voters.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are about 20% of UC-eligible graduates, but 40% of Berkeley students.

Before the affirmative action fight resurfaced in California, many had never been politically active.

Intense pushback by Asian American groups ultimately persuaded lawmakers to kill the 2014 affirmative action measure.

209 to launch an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination — and many Asian Americans are conservative.

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