With more than 600 days until the 2020 presidential elections, and still no date set for Georgian’s to vote in the presidential primary, the state has already seen its first campaign stop.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) held a rally in Gwinnett County Saturday laying out her plan in front of roughly 1,100 supporters.
Warren's appearance in metro Atlanta was her second stop of the day, the first being in Greenville, South Carolina, earlier that morning.
The increasingly diverse suburban county, Georgia's second largest, has long been solidly Republican. But, in 2016, Gwinnett made history when Hillary Clinton became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the county since Jimmy Carter won in 1976.
Gearing up for the 2020 elections, Democrats are hopeful that the county will deliver a victory for both President and congressional seats.
We need to take power away from the wealthy and well-connected and put it back in the hands of the people – in South Carolina, Georgia, and everywhere else. pic.twitter.com/qAtaFSt2H2
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 17, 2019
“I'm convinced that Georgia can become blue," Warren said. "In fact, we might argue Georgia's already blue. It’s just going to take a little time to get all those folks to the polls and all those folks votes counted.”
The optimism that Warren expressed was shared by many of her supporters at the rally, including Kelly Schnellinger a healthcare and Gwinnett County resident.
Schnellinger said this visits signals “we have a fighting chance to win this race and that she feels it is worth it to come here and try and win this district."
With a crowded field of announced and rumored candidates, the state can expect many more visits over the next several months.
“I think it's good because whoever comes through will be good for us. I like her," Schnellinger said. "I will go if the other ones come here. I will come and listen to them to hear their sides.”