NBC News: Asian Americans heavily favored Warnock in Georgia runoff, exit poll shows
The results reflect that Asian American voters, who make up 4.7% of the state’s overall electorate, grew in support for the incumbent since the midterms last month.
By Kimmy Yam/NBC News
An Election Day poll released by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund on Wednesday showed that 78% of Asian American voters supported Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who won, while about 22% favored Republican opponent Herschel Walker.
While the results reflect that the votes of Asian Americans, who are 4.7% of the state’s overall electorate, grew in support for Warnock since the midterm elections last month, Phi Nguyen, the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, said that whether or not the party can sustain the momentum and loyalty requires long-term engagement.
“There is a left tilt. At the same time … there’s a lot of opportunity left for parties to do that intentional outreach,” Nguyen said. “I think there is a risk of losing folks if they take voters for granted.”
For the exit poll, the organization surveyed 337 Asian American voters across DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties at five key high-Asian American precincts. The polling was conducted in four Asian languages — Bengali, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese — as well as English.
It showed that support for Warnock in the runoff exceeded that in the general election last month, when 60% said they favored Warnock. The percentage who favored Walker, however, dipped from the 33% support in the midterms.