Georgia is on track to turn blue in favor of Joe Biden this presidential election, and it’s no fluke. Since 1964, Georgia has been a solid red state, consistently voting for the Republican presidential candidate in all but three elections – for former Georgia senator Jimmy Carter in 1976 and again in 1980, and for Bill Clinton in 1992. Yet in the 2020 election, the state pulled ahead for Biden by the morning of Nov. 6. With a slim margin in Biden’s favor of just over 4,000 votes as of Friday evening, Georgia has solidified its place as a battleground state.
While results have yet to be made official – overseas and military ballots continue to arrive and a recount is expected – the tight margin in itself can largely be credited to former Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams. Thanks to her hard work in mobilizing voters and combating voter suppression through her organizations, Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project, she has subsequently helped to flip the state. “Thank you to the grassroots activists, the allied organizations, volunteers and of course, you, all of you voters, for your efforts over the years to create this new Georgia,” she said in a video for Fair Fight on Nov. 6.