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    Exclamation Georgia at a Tipping Point

    Report is from media, so caution warranted:

    Georgia at a Tipping Point

    After several near misses, Democrats can taste victory in Georgia — and Republicans fear President Trump’s lackluster numbers may drag down the party’s Senate candidates with him.

    By Giovanni Russonello
    Oct. 17, 2020

    When President Trump travels to Macon, Ga., tonight for a campaign rally, Republicans will be looking for him to keep more than his own electoral fortunes alive.
    There is perhaps no other state in which Mr. Trump’s recent slide in the polls has the potential to do as much collateral damage. In addition to staring down what could be their first presidential defeat in Georgia since 1992, Republicans stand to lose not one but two Senate seats if things don’t break their way. In both Senate races, the Trump-aligned Republican candidates have slipped in recent polls.

    Those immediate vulnerabilities are colliding with a slow burn of demographic change that has thrown this once firmly Republican state into play. White residents now make up fewer than three in five voters in Georgia, and a wave of migration to the Atlanta area over the past decade has added roughly three quarters of a million people to the state’s major Democratic stronghold.
    Which helps explain why this week Joseph R. Biden Jr. was able to nose out ahead of Mr. Trump in a range of polling averages. Surging alongside him are Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic candidates vying for the state’s two open Senate seats.

    “One of the things I’m looking at is what we call the 30-30 rule,” said Trey Hood, a political scientist at the University of Georgia who directs its Survey Research Center. “Can a Democratic candidate get 30 percent of the white vote statewide, and do African-Americans constitute 30 percent of the electorate over all? If you can get to those levels as a Democrat, you’ve got a pretty good shot at winning.”

    In 2016, Hillary Clinton came within five points of Mr. Trump in Georgia while winning only 21 percent of white voters, according to exit polls. But polling suggests Mr. Biden is likely to land closer to 30 percent among white voters.

    The story doesn’t just play out along racial lines. Georgia’s electorate is growing younger, with 50 percent of its voting-eligible population now under the age of 45, according to the Census Bureau — ahead of the national average. And across racial lines, those younger voters trend more liberal, a fact that threatens to further shake up the longstanding electoral calculus.


    Trump's angry words to Georgia governor reverberate in state capitals as governors move to reopen states

    By Jeff Zeleny, Senior Washington Correspondent

    Mon April 27, 2020

    Trump: I told Georgia governor I disagree with decision to reopen 01:21

    (CNN)President Donald Trump's surprisingly public rebuke of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's reopening plans is still reverberating through state capitals across the country and is contributing to decisions by some governors to take a slower approach in opening businesses in their state, Republican officials in a half-dozen states told CNN.

    "No governor wants to endure the same wrath as Brian Kemp," a top adviser to a Republican governor said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid drawing similar ire from the White House.

    "We all watched that very carefully and no one wants to be called out like that by the President," another aide to a Republican governor said.

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    Guess we'll just have to see.

    Thumbs raised and not wearing a mask, the 59-year-old lawmaker launched himself into a mostly maskless audience. Riding a sea of red Maga hats, packed tightly together in contravention of Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, the grinning Jones was passed overhead from deplorable to deplorable, to use a term for Trump supporters Jones cited in a tweet defending the stunt.

    “Yes, I surfed that crowd!” Jones wrote. “To the haters – stay mad! You’ll be even more mad come 3 November.”
    Last edited by nobody's_hero; 10-17-2020 at 10:53 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    This is getting silly.
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    It started silly.
    T.S. Elliot's The Hollow Men

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody's_hero View Post

    Guess we'll just have to see.

    'Captain Covid': crowdsurfing Democrat tries to stir Black support for Trump

    Vernon Jones crowdsurfs during a campaign rally for Donald Trump at Middle Georgia regional airport in Macon, Georgia, on Friday. Photograph: John Bazemore/AP

    Richard Luscombe
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 12.37 EDT

    When Vernon Jones, a Black Democratic state representative from Georgia, crossed party lines to deliver a passionate endorsement of Donald Trump at the Republican national convention, the party greeted him like a rock star. Now comes evidence the label has gone to his head.

    At a Trump rally in Macon, Georgia, on Friday night, Jones launched arguably the most ill-advised and dangerous crowdsurf since the electro dance legend Steve Aoki broke a concertgoer’s neck

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    Ga GOP is god awful. Dog collins and David perdue are certifiable RINO's. Proudly voting for TMOT Derrick Grayson and libertarian Shane Hazel.
    just me

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    Hey! I have a great idea to drive a wedge between local pols and Trump! Ah, crap... they stole my idea...
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Ryan
    In Washington you can see them everywhere: the Parasites and baby Stalins sucking the life out of a once-great nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trey4sports View Post
    Ga GOP is god awful. Dog collins and David perdue are certifiable RINO's. Proudly voting for TMOT Derrick Grayson and libertarian Shane Hazel.
    It's definitely a good 'ole boy system here in the Georgia GOP. You don't get to the top by being an inspiring speaker, you get to the top by knowing someone who knows someone. I couldn't even tell you what Perdue believes, that is, if he even believes in anything. I feel like our senators just go to D.C. to sit there and look pretty. The GA GOP has too many former Dixiecrats long overdue for retirement.

    I didn't know TMOT was running again.
    Last edited by nobody's_hero; 10-20-2020 at 06:06 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    This is getting silly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    It started silly.
    T.S. Elliot's The Hollow Men

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