|To: Interested Parties
From: Maggie Chambers, DPG Communications Director
Subject: Welcome to Battleground Georgia
While Georgians head to the polls today to make their voices heard in record numbers amidst voting challenges across the state, Georgia Democrats have been putting in the work for our candidates up and down the ballot to win big in November. Here’s what you need to know:
Democrats are closer than ever to victory in Georgia. In 2018, Democrats flipped the 6th Congressional District in metro Atlanta for Lucy McBath, and helped Stacey Abrams win the most votes for a Democrat in Georgia history, with a difference of only 55,000 votes amid widespread voter suppression. Since 2018, more than 700,000 Georgians have registered to vote, and those voters are younger, more diverse, and more likely to support Democrats.
After the early voting period, Democrats are leading in turnout for this primary. After a record number of vote by mail ballots cast and three weeks of early voting, Democrats are leading by approx. 30,000 votes and counting — and we expect that number to grow. This morning, the AJC reported that in 10 of 11 metro Atlanta counties, Democrats’ share of early votes exceeded Stacey Abrams’ margin in those counties in 2018 — including margins +8 and +6 points higher for Democrats in growing metro areas like Douglas, Rockdale, and Henry counties.
Joe Biden is tied with Trump in Georgia, and Republicans are losing ground in recent polling. The latest Civiqs polling confirmed that the presidential race is “neck and neck” in Georgia — with Democratic nominee Joe Biden now opening up a small lead over Donald Trump. Both of Georgia’s Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democratic candidates leading Senator David Perdue as well as Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins.
Winning Georgia is big for Democrats. Besides Georgia’s 14 electoral college votes, winning Georgia means delivering 2 Senate seats, the 6th and 7th congressional districts, and flipping the State House. If the electorate from this primary so far stays the same in November, Georgia Democrats will win big up and down the ballot — including winning both Senate seats, the White House, the 6th and 7th Congressional Districts, and 16 of our targeted seats needed to flip the Georgia State House.
The Democratic Party of Georgia is putting in the work to win. This cycle alone, Georgia Democrats have recruited the highest number of candidates for state legislative races since Reconstruction, and hired dozens of full time organizing staffers. The DPG has the largest voter protection program in party history, and staffers are assisting voters all day as they navigate problems at the polls. Georgia has already been identified as a battleground state by national Democrats, and received significant national investment to build this operation.
As results come in tonight and later this week, one thing is clear: Georgia’s future is blue.