ELECTION DAY: Today Georgia Democrats can be decision makers

gavoterToday is Election Day, so let’s recap the political landscape. There will be tons of post election recaps however Blogging While Blue would like to get in front of the election chatter. Democrats, the Party, Independents and everyday folks have made a huge dent in the perception that Georgians are somehow satisfied with things under the Gold Dome, in Congress or in their personal lives.

National media has latched onto the implications of race in Georgia politics but I think one key storyline has been nearly ignored. A significant number of Georgia voters are worried about their jobs, how much they earn to support their families, their children’s current and future education goals, healthcare options and their immigration status.

For the first time in a long time Georgians are considering the prospect that their votes might actually count. The overwhelming turnout during the 18 days of early voting give hope in a sense of renewed political engagement across the state.

What exactly has been going on in Georgia this election cycle?

Georgia Democrats have offered superior candidates for office in Michele Nunn, Jason, Carter, Valerie Wilson, Greg Hecht, Connie Stokes and others. Each one brings relevant experience and a network of people who know them and their work, they appeal across party lines, communicate effectively and address contemporary issues by using facts rather than fiction.

Michele Nunn and Jason Carter have superior statewide and national name recognition that reflects their families’ political traditions and reputation, integrity and a clear understanding of contemporary issues.

Their campaigns have been exceptional. Michele Nunn and Jason Carter are exceptional leaders. 

The Democratic Party of Georgia has unified under the proficient leadership of Dubose Porter these last few years. Porter, a long time legislator from Dublin, Georgia has rejuvenated the Democratic Party with his business acumen and savvy political skills. He’s brought most Democratic leaders together and worked hard to be inclusive. Even when there was public debate about whether the party had any chance of winning statewide offices, Porter kept his cool and did the hard work of building the party base county by county.

Georgia Victory 2014/ the Coordinated Campaign Get Out The Vote (GOTV) plan was enhanced by independent voter registration, voter education and grassroots outreach across the state.  The Georgia Victory 2014 is a coordinated field campaign enhanced by an extensive network of independent robust targeted initiatives including the New Georgia Project, Souls to the Polls, Georgia Equality, GALEO the Latino Vote organization, the People’s Agenda, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, college NAACP chapters and numerous other organizations from Sparta to Athens to Vidalia to Augusta, Savannah and Atlanta. Each has had success and together these initiatives have ignited excitement among voters across the state.

The top ticket campaigns have combined the experience of national and local political consultants with thousands of committed volunteers joining in. The combined value of the local, national and grassroots political efforts is greater than the sum of the parts. Very few recent top Georgia races have had the foresight and courage to manage campaigns this way.

Whether the midterm elections will be an upset or not will be for the voters to decide on Tuesday. Some are already predicting runoffs in the top ticket races. Some are reporting calculations of how much they have accomplished or contributed. Others have claimed victory already.

Wednesday morning the election results will be known and for Georgians who are tired of the gridlock in Congress and are concerned about jobs, healthcare and their children who are in a state that is stuck at the bottom for employment, educational investment, transportation and environment, we remain convinced our coordinated efforts will prevail because many Georgians are worried about gridlock in the nation’s capital in Congress and partisanship that closed downed government in and stifles innovative policy making and decision making on immigration, on tax reform, on tax reform and minimum wage, on national security and environmental policy and are concerned about their jobs, their health and their children in a state stuck at the bottom for employment and investment in smart transportation, sustainable environment and top quality public education.

Comments

  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    “Whether the midterm elections will be an upset or not will be for the voters to decide on Tuesday. Some are already predicting runoffs in the top ticket races. Some are reporting calculations of how much they have accomplished or contributed. Others have claimed victory already.”

    The Democratic candidates were attractive but hampered by their message – if you like what has happened on the national level for the last 6 years and want more of the same, then vote for us. The voters decided that they didn’t like the Democratic candidates and voted for the competition. Democrats voted for Democrats, Republicans voted for Republicans, and 60% of the independents voted for Republicans. The end result for Democrats was similar to the 2010 elections, but worse since they lost one of their few remaining US House of Representatives seats. As a result, Georgia Democrats have no statewide office holders, no US Senators, and only 4 of the 14 US House of Representatives members.

    To remain a viable alternative to the Republicans, Georgia Democrats should listen to Georgia voters (particularly independents) and not orders from national Democratic leaders and organizers. Otherwise, they don’t have much more to lose.

  2. Consider how Georgia’s unemployment rate has shifted under recent presidents- http://politicsthatwork.com/graphs/georgia-unemployment-by-president

    Every Democratic president at least as far back as the 70s has beaten every single Republicans president. Georgia’s unemployment shot up a terrifying 5% under Bush Jr. It is nuts to vote for the GOP when their policies are clearly failing Georgia.

  3. Burroughston Broch says:

    After the 2014 elections, it’s instructive to watch the Democrats determine what they did wrong and who should be held responsible. From what I read, the new direction will focus more closely on blacks, Hispanics, and youth (their newly proclaimed base) , and less closely on all other voters. So much for the Democrats being “The Party of the Big Tent” in which all were welcome.
    And the 2016 Presidential election will be fascinating to watch as the Democrats play to blacks, Hispanics, and youth by nominating an elderly white woman as their candidate.