ATLANTA – Today, the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) announced that the 2020 slate of candidates will be the largest number of contested GOP-held legislative seats since the Reconstruction era, breaking the record for number of qualified races in modern history by Georgia Democrats.
After this round of candidate qualifying, Democrats will have candidates competing in 187 races in the Georgia Legislature, with 144 in the House and 43 in the State Senate. The next largest state legislative slate by Georgia Democrats was in 1996, with 181 races.
Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams said:
“Georgia is THE battleground state, and Georgia Democrats are ready to fight in every corner of our state. We are shattering records for candidate recruitment and building our movement because we have refused to take a single seat for granted, from the reddest red to the bluest blue. I am so proud to have a slate of candidates that truly represents Georgia, and I know that these Democrats will turn out the strong, diverse coalition we need to win. This is only the beginning for Georgia Democrats in 2020 – these candidates will work hard in their communities, and earn the votes of Georgians across our state as we win the State House, the White House, and the Senate for Democrats this November.”
Today’s announcement is part of a full-scale effort by Georgia Democrats to recruit and support strong Democratic candidates, build a massive field operation, and turn out and protect the vote to turn Georgia blue. Through the DPG’s Legislative Victory Fund initiative, Georgia Democrats have hired and trained record numbers of field staff at this point in the cycle, building a program to support eventual Democratic nominees for state office.