List of Asian American 2012 Congressional and Senate Candidates

2012 is a landmark year because a record number of Asian American candidates are on the ballot around the country. The following is a list of Asian American candidates running for Congressional and Senate seats this year. (Please let me know if I’ve missed any!)

I’ll update this table as winners are announced.

Sen/Congress District APIA Candidate Party Opponent Party Winner
CA Congress CD27 Judy Chu* D Jack Orswell R  Chu
CA Congress CD17 Michael Honda* D Evelyn Li (also APIA) R  Honda
CA Congress CD6 Doris Matsui* D Joseph McCray R  Matsui
CA Congress CD7 Ami Bera D Dan Lungren R  -too close-
CA Congress CD9 Ranjit “Ricky” Gill R Jerry McNerney* D  McNerney
CA Congress CD22 Otto Lee D Devin Nunes R  Nunes
CA Congress CD39 Jay Chen D Ed Royce R  Royce
CA Congress CD41 Mark Takano D John F Tavaglione R  Takano
CA Congress CD45 Sukhee Kang D John Campbell R  Campbell
HI Senate Mazie Hirono D Linda Lingle R  Hirono
HI Congress CD1 Colleen Hanabusa* D Charles Djou (also APIA) R  Hanabusa
HI Congress CD2 Tulsi Gabbard D Kawika Crowley R  Gabbard
IL Congress CD8 Tammy Duckworth D Joe Walsh R  Duckworth
MI Congress CD11 Syed Taj D Kerry Bentivolio R  Bentivolio
NJ Congress CD7 Upendra Chivukula D Leonard Lance* R  Lance
NY Congress CD6 Grace Meng D Daniel Halloran R  Meng
NY Congress CD23 Nate Shinagawa D Tom Reed R Reed
NY Congress CD10 Michael Chan R Jerrold Nadler* D  Nadler
PA Congress CD6 Manan Trivedi D Jim Gerlach* R  Gerlach

* — indicates incumbent

Of particular interest is Mazie Hirono’s Senate race in Hawaii. She is competing for the seat vacated by the retiring Senator Daniel Akaka. If she wins, Hirono will be the first Asian American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Live Updates of Battleground State Returns vs. Potential APIA Voters

I made a table that helps compare an estimate of registered APIA voters against the margin of victory in the presidential race. I’ll be updating this table throughout the night as the returns come in.

Last updated: 1:00AM EST (last update of the night)

APIA Demographics

2012 Polling

2012 Returns

% Pop. Estimated # Registered Voters Obama % Romney % Margin % Margin (# Voters) Obama (%) Obama (# Voters Romney (%) Romney (# Voters) Margin (# Voters) Precincts Reporting (%)
National (popular) 5.6 9,526,471 49 48 1 1,293,917  50  59,971,000 48 57,304,000  2,667,000  98
Virginia 5.8 258,282 48 47 1 36,845 50  1,797,511 48  1,731,867  44,000  100
Nevada 7.7 115,332 49 46 3 28,397  52  529,000  46  462,000  67,000  93
Colorado 2.9 81,613 50 48 2 47,243  51 1,231,000  47 1,120,000  111,000  90
Florida 2.4 251,560 48 47 1 83,277  50 4,138,000  49 4,091,000  47,000  97
Iowa 1.9 32,001 48 45 3 45,340  52  816,000  46  728,000  88,000  96
New Hampshire 2.3 16,675 50 48 2 14,027  52  360,000  47 320,000 60,000  93
North Carolina 2.3 122,153 45 45 0 0  48  2,176,000  51  2,272,000  96,000  99
Ohio 1.7 107,945 50 47 3 168,536  50 2,672,000  48  2,571,000 101,000  90
Wisconsin 2.4 75,395 51 44 7 205,772  53  1,606,000  46  1,404,000  202,000  98
California 13.6 2,819,355 54 39 15 1,992,938  59  5,573,000  39  3,636,000  1,699,000  69
New York 7.8 835,057 60 36 24 1,813,783  63 3,860,000  36  2,211,000  1,649,000  86
New Jersey 8.7 422,092 53 42 11 421,149  58  1,916,000 41  1,357,000  559,000  94