Fil-Ams could tip the scales in Nevada

By Bev Llorente, ABS CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Oct 16 2012 04:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2012 12:04 AM

LAS VEGAS – Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama are frequent visitors to Nevada, with high hopes they will get Nevadans' votes weeks before the upcoming election.

Filipinos, being the second largest minority group in the state, play a part as one of the “most wooed” minorities by those running for office.

Some kababayans remain undecided as they wait for the  second presidential debate on Tuesday.

“Undecided pa kasi nagiisa pa lang naman ang debate nila. Gusto kong mapakinggan pa ang ibang debate nila para mapabago isip ko. Sa debate, doon ko talaga malalaman kung sino ang sincere talaga, sino ang may magandang program," said an undecided voter.

Rozita Villanueva Lee, who is part of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian American Pacific Islanders, said that she saw an increase in the number of Filipinos registering to vote.

“More of the Filipinos are finally getting active, I don’t care if what party they’re in. The important thing is they get active in the political process because if they don’t they won’t know feel that this is their country and that this is their state,” said Lee.

Lee added that Fil-Am votes could be the deciding factor in this electoral process.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows that Obama and Romney are tied in Nevada with both candidates garnering 47% support.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Las Vegas was postponed and will come just days before early voting. Biden is taking his campaign to Reno on Wednesday.