Long considered a Republican stronghold, the state of Georgia offered the Democratic Party some nice surprises in the most recent federal election.
If the Republicans still dominate the state legislature, the Peach State is represented in the Senate by two Democrats and it has granted its electors to Joe Biden.
Not only has the 2020 election cycle confirmed the state’s battleground status, but the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election are sure to be suspenseful, regardless of political stripes.
Another test for Trump
After a bittersweet evening of primaries last week, the 45th president hopes the candidates he bestows his blessing on will come out on top in Tuesday’s primaries.
You guessed the media is going to be giving Georgia heavy media coverage, as several of the 2020 melodrama headliners are still in the running. We also feel a desire for revenge in Donald Trump.
As he was defeated by Joe Biden, the incumbent alleged fraud in the management of the results, and he lobbied for Republican lawmakers in the state to refuse to certify them. It doesn’t matter that there was no fraud and that there was a recount, we disobeyed the godfather’s orders.
On Tuesday, I therefore advise you to keep an eye on two clashes. First, Governor Brian Kemp, who raised the ire of Trump, is ahead of David Perdue. The latter, supported by the former president, is lagging behind in the polls.
If Kemp seems to be heading for an easy victory, inflicting a setback on the former reality TV star, in the second confrontation the two candidates are neck and neck. The outgoing Secretary of State, and as such responsible for the conduct of the 2020 election, Brad Raffensperger, is seriously threatened by Jody Hice, colt of the 45th president.
The only victory practically acquired for Trump, that of the former glory of football Herschel Walker. Despite a troubled past – domestic violence and mental health issues – the University of Georgia hero was recently credited with an approval rating of 63.6%.
Realistic and worried Democrats
Among the Democrats, the strategists are far less concerned about Tuesday evening than about the confrontations that take shape for 2024. The anticipated victories of Kemp and Walker among the Republicans would pose as many significant challenges for two of the Democratic stars.
Stacey Abrams, formidable mobilization machine and candidate for the post of governor, will play the card of the defense of the right to abortion while hoping that Kemp, who first beat her in 2018, suffers from Trump’s opposition .
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Surprising winner of the 2020 special election and the first African-American to represent Georgia in the Senate, Raphael Warnock fears for his part that he will pay the price for his party’s unpopularity on the national level and President Biden’s starving support.