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Georgia

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Our primary objectives in Georgia are to: 1) flip both U.S. Senate seats up for election, 2) compete for the state’s 16 Electoral College votes, and 3) break unified Republican control of the state government by flipping the Georgia State House.

In the state House, we are currently targeting 14 districts—10 GOP-held seats and four Democratic holds. Eleven of our target districts are clustered in the sprawling Atlanta metropolitan area. As the election cycle unfolds, additional offensive targets may be added.

In the state Senate, we are currently targeting three GOP-held seats, also located in the Atlanta suburbs. Improving the performance of statewide Democratic candidates in these key geographies is critical to establishing a viable pathway to victory, and lays the groundwork to flip the state’s upper chamber in a later election.

By the numbers:

8

Seats needed to flip the state senate

16

Seats needed to flip the state house

2

United States Senate seats to flip

16

Electoral College votes

Our Targets:

State Senate: SD-9, SD-17, SD-56

State House: HD-35, HD-37, HD-43, HD-48, HD-50, HD-52, HD-102, HD-106, HD-109, HD-117, HD-119, HD-138, HD-147, HD-151

GA State Senate targets

GA State House targets

What's at stake

Gerrymandering

Since 2011, GOP lawmakers have redrawn Georgia congressional maps twice—both times along racial lines. Republicans do this to preserve their legislative majority.

To make things worse, Georgia has a strict voter ID law and a governor with a well-documented record of voter suppression. Georgia also has incarcerated people (who can’t vote) count toward a district’s population, a practice known as prison gerrymandering.

Electing Democrats is essential to re-enfranchising voters and undoing the damage of partisan gerrymandering in Georgia.

Health Care

In Georgia, 267,000 people live without health insurance. This is because Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Georgia also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the country, at 46.2 deaths per 100,000 births. For black women in Georgia, this climbs to 66.6 deaths per 100,000 births (compared to 43.2 for white women).

Electing Democrats who will expand Medicaid is an essential part of improving access to healthcare in Georgia.

Gun Violence Prevention

Georgia gets an "F" from the Giffords Law Center for state gun laws. Law enforcement finds firearms from Georgia at crime scenes in other states at more than twice the national rate.

Electing more Democrats to the Georgia state legislature is how we get stronger gun laws passed.


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