According to a new article from Politico, immigrants who have become new citizens in the last few years can potentially have a significant impact on the 2020 election if politicians are able to capitalize on and mobilize these immigrant voters.
The progressive group New American Leaders conducted a study that analyzed thousands of eligible voters in major swing states. The report was authored by professor Tom Wong and researcher Nura Sedique of the University of California San Diego. The two relied on micro-level data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey and the Cooperative Congressional Election Study to reach their estimates.
Here is what the researchers found after analyzing the data:
- Arizona: There are 300,000 naturalized citizens who will be eligible to vote in 2020. However, more than half aren’t registered to vote in the state. In 2016, Trump won Arizona by less than 100,000 votes.
- Georgia: The state of Georgia will have more than 440,000 new citizens who can vote in the 2020 election. In 2016, Trump won Georgia with roughly 200,000 more votes than his opponent.
- Michigan: Since 2016, Michigan has 64,000 new citizens who are eligible to vote. Trump won Michigan by 10,000 votes.
- North Carolina: 4% of eligible voters in the state are naturalized citizens. However, more than a third of them are not registered to vote.
- Pennsylvania: 4.6% of eligible voters in the state are new citizens. But only half are registered to vote.
Despite the positive findings, Sayu Bhojwani, founder of New American Leader, believes Democrats need to do more if they want to encourage new citizens to align with their goal of defeating Trump in 2020.
“We feel that New American voters are getting lost in the conversation between the Rust Belt and the Sunbelt, or the Obama-Trump [crossover] voters,” said Bhojwani. In particular, Bhojwani sees a “path to the general election victory” in states with thriving immigrant communities, such as those in Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
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