Gwinnett Is Seen As a Battleground in Turning Georgia Blue

Rumors that the Clinton Campaign is considering whether it should compete seriously in Georgia aren’t new. The Washington Post brings up the prospect in a lead story this morning, framing the question as one of whether the Democrats should ensure their win, or try to expand the electoral map to reliably red states that Democrats haven’t won in a generation or more. From the Post story:

In Georgia, where the last Democrat to carry the state was Bill Clinton in 1992, there’s a clear sense that the contest is more meaningful than in recent cycles, said Michael Smith, communications director for the Georgia Democratic Party.

“Instead of using Georgia to mobilize people to go to North Carolina, they’re staying in our state. It’s night and day,” Smith said.

A win for Clinton would almost certainly have to involve Gwinnett County, long a Republican stronghold, but one that saw the number of white registered voters dip below 50% this year. That diversity was present at the recently concluded Gwinnett County Fair, where both Republicans and Democrats had booths, and which the Post visited:

The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won the presidency in the Peach State was 1992, with Bill Clinton. 24 years later, voting for 2016 gets underway with in person advance voting starting today.


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