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In these Southern California suburbs, a duel for key vote: Asian-Americans

LOS ANGELES - For decades, Asian-Americans in this district, a tri-county slice of suburbia built on the immigrant American dream, have supported their Republican congressman, a loyalty born from years of attendance at Buddhist temple ribbon-cuttings and Lunar New Year celebrations.

Now Democrat Gil Cisneros is hoping to win a large share of their votes despite the fact that his opponent, Republican Young Kim, is a Korean-American immigrant and former longtime liaison to the Asian community for the retiring Rep. Ed Royce.

"Just because I may be Latino and my opponent may be Asian, we're not going to cede certain demographics for that reason," said Cisneros, 47. "They want the same thing everybody else does - they want health care, they want immigration

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