Georgia Voters Prepare to Decide the Senate

Columbus, go.

This statement is not as serious for Republicans as it was at the beginning of November. The recount, which took place on the 7th. The voting in the Electoral College ended on December 14. The month of December and the passage of time made the result final, even for those voters who doubted it.

But within weeks, widespread denial among Republicans clouded the significance of the outcome. With 49.5 percent of the votes against 49.3 percent for President Trump, Biden is the first democratic presidential candidate since 1992 to bring Georgia to the presidency. Since then, there hasn’t been a single Democrat…

Bill Clinton

has not won any state in the once robust, deep democratic south that includes Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina, next to the fishing state.

For this year, the delegations of the Southern Senate appear to have undergone a similar republican review. With the exception of Alabama.

Doug Jones,

which withdrew the Republican nomination from the special election scandal of 2017 (and was finally defeated for a full term in November), no Democrat has won a seat in the Deep South Senate since 2008, and no Republican holding that seat since 1986 has remained undefeated.

That could change. Two Georgian senators ran in November and will run again on Tuesday, as neither have crossed the 50 percent threshold to avoid a second round under the Georgian election law. Meanwhile, the Republicans have the other 50 seats in the Senate and are elected vice-presidents.

Kamala Harris.

If the vote determines which party controls the House of Representatives, it means that Georgian voters will decide which party controls the House of Representatives.


Kelly Loeffler.

was appointed in January when

Johnny Isakson

retired for health reasons. We have to show President Trump that Georgia is a red state, she told the crowd on Sunday on the terrace of a hotel in Columbus, the third largest city in the state, which borders on Alabama.

This remark is one of the few references she makes to the president of the liming company. His speech is more focused on Biden’s administration. If we lose, she said, speaking of herself and.

Senator David Perdue,

We’re not just losing the Senate. We’re gonna lose the land and we’re not gonna get it back. We won’t get another chance.

Feeling. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue campaign with Ivanka Trump in Milton, Go. on December 12.


Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Loeffler’s brief comments do not contain detailed criticism of the next president’s plans – perhaps because she knows the Republicans in Georgia do. It’s about our gun rights and the economy.

Jerry Williams,

67, tell me. I was raised a Democrat and I voted…

Jimmy Carter

-the first mistake I made. But the Democratic Party has changed. I don’t even know what it is. According to Williams, who is active in the Republican Party of Columbus, the Democrats of Georgia are moving further and further away from the core values of the state.

Yet Biden’s victory and the closing of the Senate games suggest that the state is also making progress. Miss Loeffler’s challenger

Reverend Raphael Warnock,

leads by 1.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics research.

John Ossoff,

The documentary filmmaker in the running for Mr. Perdue is struggling, he leads by 0.8 points, although the incumbent beat him from 49.7% to 47.9% in November. Williams attributes the change to new residents of Atlanta and its suburbs: Fulton County has grown tremendously, and there you’ve seen Biden’s numbers. And Gwinnett County – northeast of Atlanta – has fallen over.

Now that Georgia has suddenly become a pivotal state, voters tend to divide it easily into districts, as cable experts do. Muscogee is also historically a Democrat, Williams said. But this county, which is a sister country of Columbus, has contributed little to Mr. Biden’s excess productivity because it does not develop like some other regions.

Just as in metropolitan Atlanta, the majority of Democratic votes in Columbus are cast by black people. I hate to say it, Mr. Williams, who’s white, but the gap is racial. Nevertheless, he agrees with Mrs Loeffler that Georgia still has a conservative majority. A democratic sweep would show that conservative activists like him didn’t fight hard enough.

The northeastern part of the state, led by Athens, is home to the main campus of the University of Georgia and is a stronghold of another population that tends to be democratic: young whites with a higher education.

Peyton Oswald,

a waitress at Ginja Ramen’s bar in town, is one of them, secretly competing with Mr. Williams for his side. There are more young people who get an education and participate in society, she says. People are more aware of the fact that they are fighting for coloured people, for the rights of gays, for aborigines, for all that. Mrs. Oswald, 22 years old, was raised traditionally, but she is more excited than surprised by the social changes she observes: I grew up in Conyers, then in Gainesville. My family was pretty conservative. And I’m a non-religious bisexual woman. She goes back to work when two clients arrive, but leaves with a farewell shout: Pick the blue one!

A combination of youthful enthusiasm and progressive austerity was in the air at Monday’s Time to Vote rally in Stonecrest, which was attended by the two democratic Senate candidates. The many features of the event will only inspire reflection in 2020. It’s a drive-in, with hundreds of cars parked in the parking lot of the Newborn Missionary Baptist Church, a black mega church. Instead of a phone call, the famous reverend

Jamal Harrison Bryant

(a classmate of Mr. Warnock’s from Morehouse College) takes the stage in a camouflage jacket and tells the audience that the Runoff is a chance to make America big for the first time! The event will be enthusiastically hosted by

Regina Carter,

including the father, the rapper.

Lil Wayne,

made headlines in October when he accused Mr Sustained Assets. And the lines of the competitors are preceded by a three-part concert, with a DJ playing a sound effect of gunfire, followed by broken glass, with a volume on the explosions, between songs.

Finally, the candidates present themselves and bring rigour. Mr Ossoff tries to present his campaign and that of Mr Warnock as part of a long tradition of progress in the South. Consider how far you’ve come, he says, that your standard bearers are the youngest Jewish son of the immigrant and a black preacher who is a

Martin Luther King’s house

the pulpit of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. His appeals to the civil rights movement are not only symbolic. Referring to the current problems of racial violence and the alleged suppression of voters, he said he would go to the Senate to push through a new law on civil rights and a new law on the right to vote that would guarantee the sacred right to vote.

As a result, the civil rights movement continues literally to this day and voting for the Democrats is the most urgent way to encourage Americans to participate. Since the 1960s, black politicians have used the fight against legal oppression to legitimize their candidacy – often with great personal credibility, as in the case of Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who died in July. But this rhetorical movement often exaggerates the current racial problems, for example by claiming that the killing of black people by the police is widespread or that black voices are suppressed in Georgia, even though black participation in the elections has increased in recent years.

The most ambitious part of the rhetoric is to maintain that the Democratic Party’s conventional concerns are part of the struggle for civil rights. Mr. Warnock will take care of the clinic for this.

He starts playing his opponent as successor to the segregationists: I don’t know why Kelly Loeffler’s friends are QAnon conspirators, white supremacists and former members of the Ku Klux Klan. He talks about his two arrests for civil disobedience – at a sit-in in Atlanta in 2014 to demand Medicaid expansion, and at another arrest in Washington in 2017 to protest Trump’s tax reform.

Progressives like to invoke Martin Luther King’s conviction that economic and social justice are inextricably linked. But the insinuation that tax and health policies are literally civil rights issues is a trick to protect their policies from criticism. If the style of redistribution chosen by democrats is the only route to justice, then any objection can be considered racism. Policies such as school choice, which are more sensitive to the most pressing problems facing black people today, are rejected with the same false criticism.

Young voters often accept these exaggerations. Elderly people tend to be more humble when it comes to politics. After the rally,

Dolores Washington,

78, is optimistic about the progress of black Southerners, particularly in terms of turnout. It’s real. The more you do, the better you get, she says, and describes her years of volunteering for Out of Control campaigns. Ms. Washington, a retired high school principal, helped choose…

Eugene P. Walker.

In 1984, he was the first black senator of DeKalb County. We worked so hard in Georgia to get to the polls, she said. We finally have a good system.

There is no denying that the Republicans face a growing challenge from suburban and black voters. Idealistic and more practical democrats are encouraged by the feeling that they have succeeded in making Georgia blue. For GOP senators, the line not to cross may depend on their ability to persuade influential voters and their own constituencies to ignore cruel rhetoric and pay attention to their political record.

That’s the message Mr. Lost Tuesday at a rally in Jackson, a city of about 5,000 people. In his speech to a large crowd on the porch of a local pizza parlor, he deplored Georgia’s decision to reinstate the Democrats in the White House: What do you call it when someone keeps pressing the same button and expects a different result? It’s crazy! Biden said he will follow President Obama in imposing the same taxes and rules that have held back the economy. Except he’ll be even bigger. It’s like pressing a button harder and expecting a different result. He advocates economic recovery for the pandemic under Mr. Atout: We’ve proven that we really work!

With a record number of early votes already received, the four candidates tried to discipline their supporters by sending them to preach to like-minded people. These are the people who were saved here, says Mr. Lost from the crowd. We’ve got to find the unreduced one. For decades, Republicans felt safe as Georgia’s favorite party, while Democrats hoped their time would come. We’ll see if that’s Tuesday.

Mr Ukueberuwa is the Associate Editor for editorial contributions to the magazine.

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