Clinton takes aim at Georgia; Trump stays the course

Clinton aims at Georgia; Trump stays course

ATLANTA -- The past few weeks have brought headlines suggesting that Hillary Clinton could become the first Democrat to win Georgia since Bill Clinton 24 years ago.

The Clinton camp is taking the polls seriously, revving up resources for a pre-election push. The Trump camp isn't buying it.

The average of those polls shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Georgia by a tiny margin.

Nikema Williams is the first vice chair of Georgia's Democratic party and now the co-chair of Georgia's Victory Leaders Council.  She’s confident that Clinton can take the state.

"Georgia, right now, has the demographics that mirror North Carolina, and we are the next battleground state,” she said.”

Georgia is one of three states receiving special attention from Camp Clinton.

"I'm doing all of this work to house parties, to host phone banks, and to do grassroots events,” Williams said. "Whether a house party, whether a meet-and-greet, we've got a national surrogate coming every weekend to reach people who aren't part of the process.”

Those people are largely minority voters, who Williams says the Trump campaign is taking for granted. The changing electorate has had Georgia on the verge of battleground status seemingly for a decade, but in the end, the state has always recently voted red.

Team Trump doesn't expect that to change. A spokesperson told 11Alive, "We're not changing our playbook".

The spokesperson gave this statement: "We're going to work hard for every vote, but we have every confidence Georgia is a red state and will remain a red state and that Georgia voters will deliver a victory for the Trump/Pence campaign in November."

Williams said she’ll continue to work to turn the state for Clinton.

"They're going to continue to dismiss a certain segment of the electorate, specifically people that look like me, so as they continue to do that, I'm going to continue to talk to the people that… care about Georgia moving forward,” Williams said.

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail

A look at Donald Trump


 

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