Georgia’s 2018 Midterms: The Race for Governor-All Eyes on Georgia

Georgia’s Governor’s Race Heats Up:

Georgia’s Governor’s race is one of the election’s where the nation is heavily watching and for good reasons. Both Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp are vying to be the state’s chief executive which controls the agenda of the state and can carry out policies for better or for worse in my state of Georgia. Recap: in the blog Black Excellence vs White Mediocrity I discussed how the 2018 midterm is illustrating the sharp disparity between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, the Georgia’s Governor’s race is illustrating the deep divide with race when it comes to politics which is why our nation is polarized. The Georgia governor’s race is one of a highly educated black woman versus a southern white male relying on the old ways of politics because this is a tough election that will set Georgia forward or backwards.

“Recap: in the blog Black Excellence vs White Mediocrity I discussed how the 2018 midterm is illustrating the sharp disparity between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp and the Georgia’s Governor’s race is illustrating what is white mediocrity.”

When it comes to the history of race, the tactics of voter suppression and the mindset of white guys who think they’re owed or have a right to govern is what has been wrong with our nation for too long and now it’s time for it to end.

Officially a Battleground State:

For Georgia to turn blue, Gwinnett county, the county I live must turn purple and vote in full force for Stacey Abrams to win. Not only that, if you have paid attention to this week’s news, the Gwinnett county Board of Elections is being sued for denying 390 absentee ballots due to minor errors on applications. Sidebar: Gwinnett county is the most diverse county in Georgia, elected its first Latina and openly Gay Asian to the Georgia State Legislature, therefore the voter suppression from the GOP in Gwinnett is to help in making it harder to vote because the demographic changes are not in their favor.

 “Sidebar: Gwinnett county is the most counties in Georgia, elected is first Latina and openly Gay Asian to the Georgia State Legislature, therefore the voter suppression from the GOP in Gwinnett is to help in making it harder to vote and harder for Stacey Abrams.”

Since the 2014 midterms elections the state of Georgia has been a potential battleground state, with Gwinnett county being the catalyst of turning Georgia blue due to demographic changes and the elections of state representatives Brenda Lopez and Sam Park. Georgia is ripe to be a battleground for the 2018 midterms, with demographic changes, history of being on the front lines of the Civil Rights Era, and possibly being a model state of the south. The 2018 midterms are the first round of Georgia being a battleground and if the state passes then 2020 and beyond Georgia will be a state to watch every election.

“the 2018 midterms are the first round of Georgia being a battleground and if the state passes then 2020 and beyond Georgia will be a state to watch every election.”

What to Expect:

October 15th was the first day of early voting and there was high turnout, also the push for absentee ballots which has shown a high percentage of mail in ballots. According to NPR, there has been 40k mail in ballots thus far in Georgia. Although, these are good signs of voter turnout in Georgia, we can also expect the back and forth of the GOP “following the law” with the ongoing fight of 53k voter registration applications being denied by candidate and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. We can also expect a lot of outside influence which has helped Stacey Abrams.

Sidebar: what we are witness with Georgia in the 2018 midterms is what took place in the 2014 midterms with a close governor’s race, senate race and the deliberate processing of 40k voter registration applications after the deadline to process which blocked 40k people from not voting in 2014 midterms.

Additionally, now that Georgia is officially a battleground state, expect a lot of anticipation surrounding this contentious race along with a few state house races which President Barack Obama and Eric Holder have been endorsing in local flippable districts. Overall, we should all expect anticipation of an historic race which will shape Georgia for better or for worse.

“Sidebar: what we are witness with Georgia in the 2018 midterms is what took place in the 2014 midterms with a close governor’s race, senate race and the deliberate processing of 40k voter registration applications after the deadline to process which blocked 40k people from not voting in 2014 midterms.”

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