Can Democrats Turn Georgia Blue In 2018?

Sep 17, 2018

Is Georgia turning blue? That question came up in 2014 when Jason Carter ran for governor, in 2016 when Hillary Clinton ran for president and in 2017 with Jon Ossoff’s campaign in the most expensive House race in history. Every time, however, Georgia remained a red state where Republicans won.

But as Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign draws national attention, Democrats again hope this will be the year their blue wave turns the solidly red tide of Georgia’s electorate.

To figure out how we got here, we turned to Bill Nigut, host of GPB’s “Political Rewind.” Nigut took us back to 2002, when Georgia elected Sonny Perdue as the state’s first Republican governor. Perry Bacon Jr., senior writer for FiveThirtyEight, also explained the inelasticity of Georgia voters and calculated what it would take for Abrams to win in November.