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Many of the polls of Georgia throughout this election cycle placed The Peach State safely in the Romney column.  But I wonder - if Obama had devoted a lot of resources to the state, in the form of a huge ground game, voter registration drives, and advertising, might it have been in play?

In 2008, Obama lost Georgia to McCain 52%-47%.  There was a bit of ground game, mainly in the Atlanta area and I believe there was even some advertising from the Obama side.  There were definitely voter registration drives.

And now in 2012, with all the braindead pundits completely writing off Georgia as a solid Romney state, Obama did only marginally worse, losing the state 45% to Romney's 53%.  And Obama didn't even make an effort there, so it just seems like Georgia could be trending blue with a little nudge.  And Georgia is one of the fastest growing states in the country and also one of the most demographically diverse.  Could Georgia be the new North Carolina or Virginia?

It will be fascinating to see what happens with The Empire State of the South in upcoming elections.  I would love to see a Democratic nominee make a serious charge at Georgia and I believe it will grow more competitive in the next election cycle.

In any case here is a link to the results map.

And by the way, that was a royal ass stomping by our President tonight!  I'm in Las Vegas right now, having spent some time phonebanking earlier, and having attended the victory party at Mandalay Bay afterwards.  We rocked in Nevada!

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  •  Luv Nevada (4+ / 0-)

    You did good!

    This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

    by ankae on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:37:16 AM PST

  •  The South is changing demographically (7+ / 0-)

    so it could happen. It would be fun to see the GOP have to fight to hold the South. Damn, that would bring a chuckle on a cold day in November of 2016.

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    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:37:23 AM PST

  •  I agree: parts of GA are tinting (6+ / 0-)

    in the correct direction. I'm hopeful this will come to fruition when our senators are up for reelection.

    It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

    by sboucher on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:41:31 AM PST

  •  Economy (4+ / 0-)

    It's tough for an incumbent to win in this economy so trying to expand the map was probably not the best use of resources.

    Had we gotten the American Jobs Act passed, I think Georgia goes blue THIS year.  If things go as we hope and with the way things are maybe starting to look like in some of the economic indicators, with Obama as a surrogate to help turn out the black vote in Atlanta?  We can win it in four years.

  •  Is 300,000 a lot of votes? (1+ / 0-)
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    Are there 300,000 democrats that could be registered in the next four years or are there 150,000 people who could be convinced to switch parties?

    What does a really good voter registration drive look like?

  •  DSCC should look at 2014 in GA (2+ / 0-)
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    kyril, sewaneepat

    If they invest in the ground game for the Senate race there and field a strong Democratic candidate, perhaps Chambliss will have to really work to be reelected.   Seeing Chambliss go down would be sweet.

  •  Georgia has always had potential (6+ / 0-)

    Look back into the 80s, we had far higher totals for Mondale and Dukakis than AL or MS or SC, and we went for Clinton in 92 and just barely missed supporting him again in 96.  And the way the GOP are abusing their power in Atlanta now is going to turn on them.

    We'll be in play in 2016.

    There is not one human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. - Gore Vidal

    by southdem on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:54:01 AM PST

  •  The key in Georgia is Latinos! (4+ / 0-)

    Georgia’s population is 9% Hispanic.

    Overall, Latinos make up only 1.8% of the state’s 6.1 million registered voters.

    About a quarter (26%) of Hispanics in Georgia are eligible to vote, ranking Georgia 45th nationwide in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote. By contrast, more than three-quarters (77%) of the state’s white population is eligible to vote.

    We need their preachers to tell them "Jesús le está diciendo a registrarse y votar!"

    If so, Georgia would roar blue again!

    Also, the single male and female 18-24 should be a huge target demographic nationwide.

    •  Not just Latinos (2+ / 0-)
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      emcneill, GAladybug

      Georgia has a huge black population as well.

      If we just turned out black and Latino Georgians in proportion to their population, with black support at 90% and Latino support at 70%, we'd have 34% of Georgia in the bag before a single white, Asian-American, Native American, or biracial person voted. If we could pull off just 30% of the white vote, we'd be over 50%. That's a low bar.

      The math in Mississippi (even larger black population, smaller Hispanic) is similar.

      The key is turnout - and not writing states off just because they're Southern. There aren't enough old white people to hold most of the Bible Belt without heavy voter suppression.

      Felony disenfranchisement of black men in the region is an issue, but it's one we can use to motivate black women even harder.

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      by kyril on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:06:31 AM PST

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  •  I'd love to see it (1+ / 0-)
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    I can remember when Georgia elected Democrats - moderates and sane conservatives, and it's not been that long ago. We need better candidates at the state level. That 50-state strategy always made sense to me.

    •  Me, too! (0+ / 0-)

      As a life long Georgian (61 yrs old), I remember when GA was not run by the lunatic fringe! I found myself trying to explain that to a first time voter yesterday.

      I work with many Black and Hispanic women and I was thrilled this election cycle to see the enthusiasm for Obama and just voting in general. There is hope!

      Also, one of my proudest moments was when my almost 13 yr old Grandson called me at 6:30 this morning to make sure I knew that Obama had won! He is totally into politics since the Wisconsin mess happened.  He has been discouraged because very few of the kids in his middle school voted for Obama when they held their school election. Our future is not as dumb as our present!

      Screw us and we multiply!

      by GAladybug on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:24:12 AM PST

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  •  Interesting Here (1+ / 0-)
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    We've been living here in Metro Atlanta since 2005 and our county went 80/20 for Romney, just like last time. While on the surface the GA numbers look encouraging, that may be just on the surface.

    I'd like to see the county by county numbers because I can tell you that the GOP had a lot of people not too happy with their candidate and less engaged, however, their love loss of Mitt was offset by their deep hatred of the President.

    It seems clear that a mobilization of latino voters could help make the difference along with further movement of African-American voters. The state party, while not as poorly run as before, is extremely weak and Democrats are beaten down the ticket here.

    There is a lot of psychology at work here. I think that you get a lot of people who are so overwhelmed by the very angry Republican crowd that they are disengaged and simply scared. So many fellow democrats where we are will not put up a sign, bumper sticker, etc. because of how rabid the Republicans are. It isn't a stretch to think that it keeps a lot of people away because they are so scared by these bullies.

  •  I'm kinda late to the discussion here, but . . . (0+ / 0-)

    I couldn't agree more.

    As far as I can tell right now, GA was the SECOND best red state for Obama this year (after NC).  Daily Kos should start trumpeting this fact NOW--helping to set the narrative for the Democratic Party.

    I mean, Obama did better in GA than Arizona, Montana, Indiana.  But it seemed like it got polled and discussed far less this cycle than these other states.

    I'm a newbie here (though a long-time lurker), so I urge other long-timers here to push Kos and other activist groups to put GA on the radar now.  The more we repeat this, the more people we'll get on board.

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