Could A Carter Turn Georgia Blue?   Leave a comment

Going into the 2014 raft of gubernatorial races, one race that might’ve escaped focus at present is that of the Peach State, Georgia, where incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal (R) could face a general election challenge from the grandson of a iconic Georgia native…

As Wendy Davis’s campaign for Texas governor flounders, Democrats in Washington have begun to cast their eyes elsewhere for a good news story in the solid-red South.

They believe they may have found that in Georgia, where a combination of demographic trends and a
slate full of famous political names is giving Democrats in the state an unfamiliar feeling:  Hope.

Topping the ticket (which Republicans have tagged as “Downton Abbey Democrats” for children seeking their ancestors’ titles) is Jason Carter, the 38 year-old state senator and grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, who is challenging Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

Along with Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, and Chris Irvin, the grandson of a four-decade occupant of the state’s powerful Agriculture Commissioner post, Carter is part of the strongest statewide ticket Georgia Democrats have fielded in years.(The Daily Beast)

They ain’t whistling Dixie on this one; unlike Texas, where national Dems’ all-but-forgot to keep a political bench stocked over the past 2 decades, Georgia Dems’ have kept a relatively decent political bench of note (with such notables as Rep. John Barrow, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former Gov. Roy Barnes) and this could, not only on the gubernatorial side but on the Senate side, yield surprises come election time. Demographics also have helped as well…

Add some numbers to those names and you’ll see why Democrats think they could soon see a governor or senator come out of Georgia, even though Republicans hold every statewide office, the state House and the state Senate.

Of the state’s 1.5 million new residents between 2000 and 2010, 81 percent were non-white, including 1.2 million African Americans. Since 1990, the state’s Hispanic population has increased eight-fold, while the Asian-American population has quadrupled.

Democrats point to those population changes as the reason behind President Barack Obama’s performance there in 2012, when his campaign spent no money but still managed to keep Mitt Romney to his second narrowest victory of any state in the country.(The Daily Beast)

That last point bears repeating: although the Obama 2012 campaign spent no money in Georgia, they still managed to pick up 45% or so of the presidential vote. Think about that one for a moment…

Now, to be fair, Carter winning in Georgia is still a long shot at present; for the current raft of GOP governors, Nathan Deal’s managex to, (a)keep an honest approach to governance and (b)remain reasonably competent, the recent Atlanta freeze-over notwithstanding….that said, this is definitely a race worth watching come November.

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Posted March 14, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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