How Georgia's Changing Demographics Could Influence The 2018 Elections

Sep 17, 2018

Changing voter demographics and the national rise of female candidates have led to speculation that Georgia will turn blue in the November elections. We’re exploring the likelihood of this shift as well as Georgia’s role in the upcoming national elections in 2020.


We spoke with Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University, about her research on demographic changes due to reverse migration. Reverse migration is the movement of African-American people from the North and West to places in the South, like Atlanta and Charlotte. This influx of people can also lead to an increase in Democratic voters in traditionally Republican counties.

We also spoke with Greg Bluestein, political reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He discussed how candidates like Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp have modified their campaigns based on these changing demographics.