How Biden flipped Georgia
LA Times, 2020.11.14
In a major victory for Democrats, Biden defeated Trump by 14,000 votes in Georgia.
Democrats didn’t appear to be making much progress, but a lot of the work was going on behind the scenes, with Black churches organizing grass-roots Zoom meetings that allowed them to connect church to church.
Georgia’s population has surged from 9.6 million to 10.6 million over the last decade. And since 2016, Georgia has added more than 1 million voters to its voter rolls.
A growing number of Asian and Latino people have moved to the state, Black residents have migrated from Northern cities, and more college-educated white people have flocked to Atlanta and its suburbs.
“It is a different Georgia, a different population,” said Charles Bullock, professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia.
“It was a matter of when and not if,” said Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta.
“This is about building a multiracial coalition,” said Nikema Williams, the chair of the Georgia Democratic Party.
Trump is in denial about Biden’s win. Trump amd his supporters have raised a barrage of unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, but State officials say an audit is unlikely to change the outcome.
More than 4 million Georgians voted early, and the total surpassed 4.9 million, a state record in a presidential election.
Democrats’ biggest increase from 2016 — nearly 9 percentage points — came in Henry County, a once sleepy, predominantly white stretch of the state that in recent decades has seen an influx of minorities and a solidification of Black power.
Democrats diminished GOP leads in formerly white exurbs, and in some deeply red rural communities.
Republicans continue to hold the reins of power in Georgia, controlling the governor’s office as well as strong majorities in both the state House and Senate.