The old Georgia is dead, the new a “Swing State”

Reliably conservative Georgia, like its vibrant capital Atlanta, remained politically mostly under the radar. The fact that this southern state elected a Democrat for president for the first time since 1992 puts him back on the political map.

A billboard in front of the downtown Atlanta skyline indicates the Black Lives Matter movement. More than a third of the six million people in the rapidly growing metropolitan area of ​​Atlanta are Afro-American.

Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters

Georgia Democratic? This is an idea that until recently assumed at least one of two ingredients: a broad historical horizon or a lot of imagination. The southernmost of the 13 American founding states has elected Republican presidents since 1992, when Bill Clinton, the governor of Arkansas, another southern state, won the day.

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