A Beijing-aligned U.S. labor group is actively involved in state elections. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) has helped Democrat candidates win several close races, including two U.S. Senate contests in Nevada.
In the 2018 election cycle, about 30 APALA canvassers knocked on doors in Las Vegas from the end of September. According to APALA coordinator Kathleen Flores, the canvassers backed specific candidates like Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller.
“We’re trying to let her win, Jacky Rosen, because she’s fighting for higher pay, higher minimum wage, and good education, better health — that’s why I’m here,” Flores told the Las Vegas Sun.
With 72,000 registered Asian-American or Pacific Islander voters in Nevada (up more than 160 percent since 2000), it makes sense for the left to target this significant Democrat-leaning voter bloc in a Republican-tilting state.
The APALA canvassers were not working for love. They were paid $15 an hour to brave the Nevada fall heat through a $160,000 grant from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Despite Heller leading in the polls through most of the race, Rosen’s winning margin was a comfortable 50.4 percent to Heller’s 45.4 percent — about 49,000 votes.
In 2016, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former Nevada attorney-general prosecutor, beat Republican Joe Heck to take the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Harry Reid.
Cortez Masto’s victory margin over Heck was 47.1 percent to 44.7 percent or about 27,000 votes.
Cortez Masto actively courted APALA. She keynoted their convention in August that year, and after the election admitted that “APALA and Asian-American media were critical” for her win, according to People’s World.
With such tight margins, it’s conceivable that the 72,000 registered Asian-American or Pacific Islander voters targeted by APALA may have made the difference. Without APALA, it is possible that President Donald Trump might have one or two more senators from Nevada in his column right now.
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