New Minorities and the Election
South Asian Americans include people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, etc. In swing states like Ohio, they could be a factor, and some observers suggest that they are breaking heavily for Kerry.
Likewise, the Council on American Islamic Relations is reporting by email that exit polls show 93 percent of Muslim Americans favoring Kerry. This is a huge shift, since in the past they tended to split evenly between the two major parties.
South Asian Americans and Muslim Americans are two major new ethnic communities that have formed in large numbers mainly since the immigration reforms of 1965. This election may be the one where they come into their own as important swing voters to whom politicians must pay attention. They are especially important in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.