ATLANTA — Three of Georgia’s most prominent Democrats said Monday their party can end the Republicans’ dominance of Georgia politics this election.
The newest reason for Democrats' optimism comes from a place you might not expect.
President Trump’s campaign is running new advertising on Georgia TV stations this week clobbering Democrat Joe Biden’s record on criminal justice
Georgia Democrats said it shows that Republicans are worried about carrying the state in November.
"When was the last time a presidential candidate – a Republican – had to advertise in Georgia at all? Let alone in June of an election year?" asked former state Rep. Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp in 2018.
Abrams told reporters there’s a bright side to the crowds that flocked to precincts for the June 9 primary. That day, voters had to tell poll workers whether they wanted to vote in Democratic or Republican primary contests.
Democrats said 167,000 more voters pulled Democratic ballots. They said that’s up 61 percent from the 2016 presidential primary
In the last year and a half, Democrats said 750,000 new voters have registered in Georgia. About 45 percent of them are below the age of 30 and 49 percent are non-white, which are age and demographic groups that analysts say tend to lean Democratic.
The Democrats' national machinery is also helping Rev. Raphael Warnock in his jungle primary special election against Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins and others.
Republican strategist Brian Robinson says Republicans also have to find new voters, as Democrats have done.
"We’ve got to find those folks, get them registered, and then have a turnout effort to get them to the polls – much the way Stacey Abrams did with Fair Fight Action," Robinson said. "Is (the election) up in the air? Absolutely."
If Democrats can win either of the two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs – it would break a losing streak of 20 years. Zell Miller was the last Georgia Democrat elected to the Senate.