Baker County won the award as the most evenly split county in Tuesday’s election. county in Tuesday’s election.

Senate winner David Perdue and loser Michelle Nunn tied with 484 votes in the southwest Georgia county of 3,451 souls. In the governor’s race, incumbent Nathan Deal received 491 votes, while Jason Carter finished a mere 13 behind.

The rest of Georgia, though, showed stark divisions. In their dominant victories, Republicans Perdue and Deal built strong margins in rural, suburban and exurban areas. Democrats Nunn and Carter rolled up big numbers in major cities and their surrounding urban cores.

The electorate also showed a wide split in gender and race. Nunn and Carter drew a large share of women voters, while Deal and Perdue won overwhelmingly among men. Associated Press exit polls showed the Republicans garnering more than 70 percent of the white electorate, and Nunn and Carter taking a heavy majority of black voters.

While the Democratic Party made progress in registering new voters and boosting turnout, those efforts fell short as Perdue and Deal each amassed 53 percent victory totals.

After months of commentary that Georgia is turning from red to purple, the Republicans’ blowout showed that no matter how much demographics shift in the Democrats’ favor, they still need to get those potential voters to the polls. They also must broaden their appeal to white voters.

“One of their goals was to increase the size of the electorate, and that didn’t happen,” said Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint about the Democrats’ defeat. “They need to do a better job of turnouts in the future.”

Nunn and Carter  “did very poorly with white voters. That made a big difference this year.” 

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