The defeat of Republican Congressional candidate Young Kim in a formerly GOP stronghold in Southern California confirmed a trend that began at least 10 years ago-Asian Americans have left the Republican Party and are now vote overwhelmingly Democrat, reports the conservative Washington Times.

According to the Times, candidates like Kim had been part of a major party effort to shed its “old white male” image and attract Asian American voters to the Republican Party.

“In the Trump era, and particularly in the midterms, the trend we have seen with Asian Americans being solid Democrat voters was confirmed,” said Louis Desipio, a political scientist from UC Irvine. “I think we saw that in a couple of the congressional races where the Asian American electorate voted Democratic despite the fact you had a Republican Asian American candidate.”

In 1998, a PEW Research Center study found 53 percent of Asian Americans identified as Democrats compared to 33 percent Republican. Today, 68 percent of Asians Americans are Democrats and just 27 percent Republican.

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