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Could Filipinos in Las Vegas Wield Political Power?

Monday, April 2, 2012
PRI's The World

Latinos will be a key to November’s election – we’ve heard that over and over. But Latinos aren’t the fastest growing minority group in America. That distinction belongs to Asian Americans, who grew by nearly 50 percent between 2000 and 2010.

Nowhere have the numbers of Asian Americans swelled more quickly than in Nevada, with 116 percent growth there in the past decade. Much of that growth was fueled by Filipino immigrants – some 124,000 Filipinos now call Nevada home, mostly in the Las Vegas area.

In a crucial swing state like Nevada, those numbers aren’t insignificant for November’s election. And many local Filipino community leaders say it’s time for them to become the state’s newest political voice.

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