Columbus looks like a Democratic Party stronghold for Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter.

Party leaders are rolling out a well-coordinated election effort in Georgia’s second-largest city, Columbus State University political science professor Nicholas Easton said. Columbus and Muscogee County share a consolidated municipal government.

“The Democratic Party is feeling much more confident here,” he said. “Columbus is pretty strong Democratic, and they expect to do well. They feel they are much more organized than than they have been in recent years.”

Easton expects a strong turnout from the city’s significant black population, based on early voting.

“There is some fairly high turnout in early voting,” he said. “It’s not overwhelming, but strong, particularly so in the black community.”

The black participation could reflect Atlanta Rep. Stacey Abrams’ New Georgia Project’s voter registration effort, he said. He mentioned another possible factor: Concern over the fatal police shooting of a black teenager last summer in Ferguson, Mo. 

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