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Clinton Holds 41-Point Lead Over Trump Among Asian-American Voters

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Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a lead over Donald Trump amongst Asian-American voters.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a 41-point lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump among Asian-American registered voters headed into November’s presidential election, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Fall 2016 National Asian American Survey, taken between Aug. 10 and Sept. 29 in 11 different languages, found that 55 percent of registered voters intended to vote for Clinton compared to 14 percent for Trump. Eight percent intended to vote for a different candidate, and 16 percent had not yet decided, according to the survey. Seven percent of registered voters declined to give an answer.

In a swing scenario — where a voter is still undecided — Clinton’s lead grows to 43 points, with 59 percent of registered voters intending to or leaning toward voting for Clinton compared to 16 percent for Trump and 16 percent who were undecided or refused to answer.

“The big takeaway is a continuation of what we saw in the Spring 2016 survey — an Asian-American population that was become more Democratic over time,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, the survey’s director, said. “We see that Trump is likely a significant reason for that shift. Trump’s unfavorables are like nothing we’ve seen before.”

The survey found that 67 percent of surveyed voters had a “very unfavorable” or “unfavorable” opinion of Trump, compared to 36 percent for Clinton.

When poised to account for the greatest issue facing the United States, 26 percent of respondents said that the economy was most important, followed by 12 percent saying national security, and 10 percent saying racism, with 23 percent of Asian-American voters under the age of 34 said that racism was the most important issue facing the country. Fifty-eight percent of respondents has a “very unfavorable” or “unfavorable” opinion of the Republican party, while nine percent held “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” views. Regarding the Democratic party, 30 percent of respondents held “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” views compared to 60 percent who had “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” views.

“The electorate is important, one, for the presidential election, there are a few states like Virginia and Nevada and North Carolina where they will likely help to determine the outcome,” Ramakrishnan said. “Even in states with a smaller Asian-American population like Ohio and Florida, they could play a role given how close those races are.”

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Biden, Harris take stage together, announce platform

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris delivered remarks in their first joint press conference in Biden’s home state of Delaware. They will be formally nominated next week as the Democratic ticket challenging President Trump in November. Biden lauded Harris as the child of “America’s story” who fought for the working class and was ready to take on their opponents in this “life-changing election.” 

And Harris presented Biden as a selfless leader ready to take on President Trump in November.

A key demographic both the Trump and Biden campaigns will make an effort to appeal to in the coming weeks are Indian American voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The number of voters of Indian descent in those states are greater in 2020 than Trump’s margin of victory four years ago. And with Harris now in the race, political analysts say Indian Americans will be a determining factor in the outcome.

Biden & Harris annouce platform for their Presidential run.

After a month of verification and certifications, Rik Mehta is officially the winner of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, topping Hirsh Singh. The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Mehta defeated Singh by just over 8,000 votes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

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