Michael Barone reports the New Jersey Governor's race results indicate that the Republicans picked up votes this time with Asian voters, largely those of Indian descent:
All this evidence strongly suggests that Republicans made gains and Democrats suffered significant losses among Asian, and specifically among Indian-American voters, in Middlesex County. This upscale group, ready enough to vote for John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, seems to have been repelled by New Jersey's high taxes and big government under Jon Corzine. There should be some lessons here for Republicans generally -- and for Democrats as well.
A couple of additional notes. By my count (subject to arithmetic error) New Jersey's 7th congressional district, which includes Woodbridge Township and much of Edison Township, voted 56%-36% for Christie over Corzine - a sharp reversal of its 50%-49% preference for Obama over McCain in 2008. The Democratic Congressional Committee is running ads against its Republican Congressman, Leonard Lance, elected in 2008, for voting against the House Democrats' health care bill; the results in the gubernatorial race suggest this is wasted effort and might even be counterproductive.
Nationally, Asian voters went 62%-35% for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008, a number boosted by the fact that Obama carried Hawaii Asians, who make up 30% of the state's electorate, by a 68%-30% margin. But the election results in Middlesex and Fairfax Counties for 2009, with economic issues playing a greater and different role than they did in 2008, suggest that Republicans can make significant gains among this growing segment of the electorate.