Will The Black Vote In Georgia Help Turn The State Blue?
Election 2020 is a year away and one of the most important elections of our generation. The state Georgia may play a major factor who sits in the White House over the next 4 years. Georgia is so much of a major player the November the Democratic National Debate is being held at the newly opened Tyler Perry studios. The black voting block has really transformed the Democratic Party in Georgia. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, Metro Atlanta continues to drive Georgia’s population growth fueled by minorities. The state’s population in 2018 was about 10.5 million, information a growth of 8%. The four major metro Atlanta counties — Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett — gained 12% more residents in the same time period. The white population in the four-county area grew by 3.8%, up to 1.4 million compared to the black population which has grown 17% since 2010 to reach 1.3 million.
Georgia has not elected a Democratic governor since 1998 but State Representative Stacey Abrams almost pulled off a upset in 2018. She came within 55,000 votes of defeating Republican Brian Kemp.
Winning The Suburbs and Rural Areas Is The Challenge
The real challenge is winning the suburbs, but the demographics have been changing. Henry County’s percentage of black residents (of all ages) grew from 39% to 48% between 2010 and 2018, the largest increase in the nation behind neighboring Rockdale County, which grew from 48% to 59%. According to Georgia election statistics, The number of votes cast by black residents in Henry County more than doubled between 2010 and 2018, from under 21,100 to over 43,000.
Not the same can be said for rural cities in Georgia which has been losing population. There is also a misconception that enough blacks live in rural areas so their issues are overlooked. Statewide, a third of rural Georgians are people of color. This is the reason why Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams was able to close the voting gap by visiting predominately black rural Washington county and other small towns. Stacey Abrams laid the blueprint building a broad coalition of voters in every part of the state.