The AP Via Detroit News Reports: High concentrations in states where the contest between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is expected to be tight mean Arab-American voters “are going to be important this election cycle,” said Emily Manna, head of the Arab-American Institute’s “Yalla Vote,” or “Let’s Go Vote,” initiative.
Yalla Vote organizes voters in the District of Columbia and 10 states, including battlegrounds Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, states that have the highest concentrations of Arab-Americans in the nation, according to Manna.
Some politicians, such as Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., are reaching out to engage the Arab-American community in their districts, “and that’s what we want everywhere,” Manna said…
An AP analysis of the combined population in 10 swing states, based on Census Bureau estimates, shows that just over 0.5 percent have Arab-American origins. Included in the analysis were New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Nevada, and Colorado.