Thursday, October 6, 2016

Georgia Democrats hope state's shift to purple comes quickly


At USA Today by Cooper Allen,

For most of Georgia's history, Democrats and Republicans knew where they stood.

The state was a linchpin of the solid Democratic South for nearly a century after the Civil War, but the partisan tides shifted after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, with the state becoming solid Republican by the early 2000s.

Since John F. Kennedy won here with more than 60% of the vote in 1960, the only Democratic presidential nominees to carry Georgia were native son Jimmy Carter and southerner Bill Clinton, who won in 1992 by a narrow plurality in a three-man race.

Nevertheless, with changing demographics and a controversial GOP nominee, Democrats see an opening in 2016, even as Republicans project confidence and polls show Donald Trump maintaining a lead of around 5 points.

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