After Virginia Votes 2014

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On November 11, 2014 at George Mason University Arlington Campus Founders Hall, GMU School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs invited Paul Logan, David Hallock, The two campaign managers from Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner campaigns.

More than three hundred attended the event.

The Nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project organized the event, and Mark J. Rozell of George Mason University moderated the event.

This Mid-Term Election was the most chaotic and unexpected in recent election in Virginia; as Eric Cantor lost to unknown candidate, Republican Governor was elected in Maryland, a Blue State, and the power shifted from the Democratic party to Republican.

Another interesting occurrence was the closeness of the race between Ed Gillespie and Senator Mark Warner, as Mark Warner won with only a 17,000 vote difference.

The two parties’ main focus for the next couple of years were as follows:

Transportation, tax reform, equal opportunities, equal education (student loan reform), and immigration reform.

They agreed that they must do more for the community, reaching out, and making it easier for people to participate in the democratic process. Considering the low voter turnout (only 41% of the registered voters voted in the midterm elections), for the 2016 elections, parties are willing to reach out to the 59%. Their concerns were of the ignored or isolated communities like the Latinos and AAPI communities that may not have felt as involved in this election, especially as politicians put immigration reform on back burner during this election time.

The two-hour forum focused on both the politicians in Virginia and other states, as they began preparation for the 2016 election.

Believe or not, young voters from AAPI will be one of the biggest foci for many candidates. As their participation could change the outcome of the election, both parties are interested in obtaining support from AAPI communities.

According to the statistics from,

“ Asian Americans have, for decades, been a rapidly growing population segment in the United States. More recently, they have also been growing significantly in their political presence, as measured by the growth of registered voters (an average increase of 600,000 per midterm election cycle), Congressional candidates (from 10 candidates in 2010, 30 in 2012 and 39 in 2014), or the number of organizations involved in voter registration (from 154 participating in National Voter Registration Day in 2012 to 317 organizations in 2014). Along with the growing presence of Asian American voters is a growing interest in the opinions and priorities of this electorate. This report presents the results of interviews conducted by telephone from August 14 to September 11, 2014, of 1,337 registered voters who identify as Asian American, producing an overall margin of sampling error of +/-2.7%. Sampling was targeted towards the six largest national origin groups that together account for more than 75% of the Asian American adult citizen population. Interviews were conducted in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese, and included landlines and mobile phones.”

This program was sponsored by Verizon.


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