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Asian American voters leave a Temple City, California, polling place in 2012, in the state’s first legislative district that is majority Asian American. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Asian Americans’ political preferences have flipped from red to blue

Asian Americans were engaged in an electoral realignment long before Kamala Harris was added to the 2020 Democratic ticket.
Kamala Harris speaking via a screen to demonstrators at the protest against racism and police brutality on Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Kamala Harris represents an opportunity for coalition building between Blacks and Asian Americans

Black and Asian American communities have been portrayed as in opposition to each other. Multiracial Kamala Harris, both Asian American and Black, represents the potential for coalition building.
Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, endorsed Joe Biden for president in March. Now she is his vice presidential nominee. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

Before Kamala Harris became Biden’s running mate, Shirley Chisholm and other Black women aimed for the White House

Many African American women have run for president of the US, despite the enormous barriers facing both Black and female candidates. Biden's pick puts a Black woman much closer to the Oval Office.
A protester raises a fist in New York’s Washington Square Park during a June 2, 2020 demonstration. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Where are the African American leaders?

Sweeping changes were possible in the past because black leaders were willing to risk their lives and call out problems before they became crises.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a primary election night rally. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Why the US still hasn’t had a woman president

Since 2000, 89 new women have come to power in countries around the world – but the US still lags behind.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives onstage during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016. Getty/ Drew Angerer

Could a woman defeat Donald Trump? What political science research says

Predictions about how a woman presidential candidate might fare in 2020 are largely speculation, writes a political scientist, because there isn't enough experience to base those predictions on.
Kamala Harris’ campaign fizzled as her past as a prosecutor haunted her candidacy. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

How being ‘tough on crime’ became a political liability

More and more district attorney candidates are running on reversing the government's traditional approach to crime and punishment. And they’re winning.

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