Georgia Democrats lost the presidential race statewide (45 percent) and hardly made a dent in the large Republican majorities in the General Assembly. They also don’t hold the governorship or any state constitutional off ices. So it’s no surprise that, as they lick their wounds, they are deciding to target 15 metro Atlanta legislative districts where they believe GOP incumbents are vulnerable.
They believe demographics will play a factor in some areas– and this appears to be accurate with Rep. Joyce Chandler, R-Lawrenceville, barely holding on to her seat in a district with a rising Democrat-oriented Latino population. Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, also won in a district that Hillary Clinton won and with a shrinking GOP base and rising black voter clout. Rep.- elect Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, is also rightly concerned Clinton carried her district. So is state Sen. Hunter Hill, who won handily while Clinton eked out a win on his east Cobb/ partial Sandy Springs turf.
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