With midterm elections around the corner, Georgia remains a competitive state with some professional prognosticators moving some races into the “toss-up” column. Indeed, with less than sixty days to go, both the gubernatorial and senatorial elections remain close enough to give Republicans pause and Democrats hope. Very few thought these races would remain competitive this close to the election.
For average Georgians, it might appear to be a straight-up battle between the incumbent Republicans and the challenging Democrats. Yet, insiders know that the 2014 General Election in Georgia is far more complicated than that. Consequently, national political organizations for both parties are considering some difficult and important decisions regarding how to allocate resources when it comes to Georgia.
For starters, Democrats understand and appreciate that it is virtually impossible for them to convince a majority of Georgia voters to cast their ballot for a straight Democratic ticket in 2014 with President Barack Obama’s unpopularity. Even without that problem, Democrats failed to field a complete set of candidates vying for every office in Georgia.
Many Republicans won reelection on qualifying day – having no meaningful opposition on General Election Day. (For example, Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (3rd Congressional District), Congressman Austin Scott (8th Congressional District), GOP Congressional Primary winner Barry Loudermilk (11th Congressional District), and Congressman Tom Graves (14th Congressional District) have no Democratic opposition in November.)
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