Election Day Roundup: Minorities and the 2012 Vote

A surfing class passes a sign for a polling place as voters head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in San Diego. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield center stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)  (National Journal)

In a nation that is 37 percent minority, many Election Day stories consider aspects of the campaigns shaped by Latinos, blacks, Asian-Americans, and other people of color. Here is today's roundup.

More Asian-Americans and Latinos are running for Congress in this election cycle, Politico reports. The most dramatic increase in minority candidates this year came from Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. A record 36 Asian-Americans launched congressional bids, and 21 made it past the primaries. Two years ago, 10 ran for office, the story said.

Virginia is a critical battleground state, and black-voter turnout is key to President Obama's hopes for a second term, The Wall Street Journal reports. Black-voter turnout hit a record high in 2008, and supported by college-educated whites, Asian-Americans, and Latinos, Obama became the first Democratic candidate to take Virginia since 1964.

A new field poll showed that 58 percent of Asian-Americans in the Golden State have indicated they will back Obama, compared with 25 percent who said they would vote for Mitt Romney, according to Politico. Obama polled best among Chinese-Americans.

Other stories of interest:

  • Electoral Math and Six Key Numbers: The minority share of the vote tops the list on who wins the White House. By National Journal's Ronald Brownstein on Quartz.
  • "˜Nobody Ignores Indians': An effort to spur Southeast Asians to the polls uses humor, earnest efforts. By Heather Timmons, The New York Times.
  • Electoral Math: Six sets of numbers that will decide who wins the White House. By National Journal's Ronald Brownstein on Quartz.
  • New Mexico Turns Blue: A now-Democratic state provides a glimpse into America's demographic future. By Dana Hull, the San Jose Mercury News.
  • From Democrat to Republican: A natural migration for Hispanic immigrants. By Rosa Castenada in the Portland Oregonian.
  • On Immigration: Where Obama and Romney Stand. By Mark Koba, CNBC.
  • Decisive Debate: How Immigration Changed the Course of the 2012 Election. By Frank Sharry, founder of America's Voice, on Huffington Post Latino Voices.
  • Top 10 Contenders for 2016: Early names offered for a run at the presidency include two minorities for the GOP and three on the Democrats' list. By Sophie Quinton, National Journal.