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Mon Nov 28, 2022, 12:21 PM

Suburbanites are saving the Democrats in Georgia -- and elsewhere

Washington Post

MARIETTA, Ga. ó Cobb County was established in the 1830s by White Americans on land that had been occupied by Cherokees, who were forced to move west in what is now known as the Trail of Tears. It is named after Thomas W. Cobb, who was a U.S. congressman and senator representing Georgia in the early 19th century and owned enslaved Black people. Perhaps the most important figure associated with Cobb is former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented the county in Congress in the early 1990s and is in many ways the intellectual godfather of todayís Republican Party.

But Cobb has changed dramatically. Itís now run by a majority-Black county commission. And Cobb is part of a group of suburban counties in the Atlanta area that has become increasingly Democratic and turned Georgia into a swing state.

In the 2004 election, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry lost Georgia by 17 percentage points, including a 25-point defeat in Cobb. Two years ago, Joe Biden very narrowly won Georgia, in part because of his 14-point victory in Cobb. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock carried Cobb by 16 points in this monthís election and will need a similar margin to defeat Republican challenger Herschel Walker in their Dec. 6 runoff.

The electoral transformation of Cobb County is part of a broader shift happening in U.S. politics. Over the past decade, Americans who live in rural areas, a group that already leaned toward the Republicans, has become even more conservative. Urban areas are increasingly Democratic, but cities such as Detroit and Philadelphia were already so left-leaning that there wasnít much room for Democratic growth. Whatís been the saving grace for the Democrats in the 2018, 2020 and 2022 elections has been voters in suburban areas backing the party, particularly around Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Nov 28, 2022, 12:39 PM

1. My good friend

She's been a Democratic fighter there for years. She once said to me " do you believe that Newt Gingrich is MY congressman? " proud she has kept the flame alive in Cobb Co.

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Mon Nov 28, 2022, 12:56 PM

2. Saving the Democrats....or saving themselves?

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Mon Nov 28, 2022, 01:16 PM

3. Phoenix and Atlanta in particular are growing cities and growing metro areas where people from

more Democratic-dominated states are moving. Georgia gets a lot of people from the northeast. Well, they've been inviting them to come by getting companies to move there and create jobs, so they did. They've been coming into Arizona from the upper Midwest for a long time, and even from the Northeast, but California is the biggest source of new residents in both Arizona and Nevada. And that has slowly resulted in a shift from provincial and backward to progressive and forward thinking majorities. The state legislature still has some work to do on getting into more modern times but the gerrymandering will eventually be overwhelmed by the population growth.

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