Title of Abstract

How Georgia Changed from Republican to Democratic during the 2020 Presidential and 2021 US Senate Elections: An Analysis of Interest Groups and Structure of the Georgia Democratic Party and African American Voters.

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Malik FrazierFollow

Faculty Mentor

Two WU mentors: Jennifer Leigh Disney, Ph.D.; Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez, Ph.D.; disneyj@winthrop.edu; benavidezb@winthrop.edu

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Political Science

Abstract

During the Trump Administration, there were a lot of controversial issues that took place in Washington, DC that alienated a lot of working-class Americans, including African Americans and their issues. During Trump’s presidency, many voters organized in their respective states to ensure a Democratic Party victory in November 2020. Policy decisions that Donald Trump implemented while in office motivated many Americans, especially Black Americans, to ensure change in the White House and the United States Senate. Furthermore, the state of Georgia experienced well-documented voter suppression during the 2018 Gubernatorial Election between Democratic Nominee Stacy Abrams and Republican Nominee Brian Kemp which motivated Stacy Abrams to help in the 2020 Presidential and 2021 US Senate Special Election to ensure voter suppression did not happen again in Georgia. During the 2020 United States Presidential Election and the 2021 United States Senate Special Election, Georgia was able to flip Democratic, which in return helped the United States Senate Democrats regain control of the United States Senate. In this paper, I will analyze how interest groups in Georgia helped propel Democratic candidates to win their respective elections for President and Senate. I will be looking at the structure and leadership of the Georgia Democratic Party and how the Democratic Political Party operates in Georgia during elections. Finally, I will examine the role African American Voters played in helping to secure a Democratic victory in Georgia.

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PLSC 490 - Disney and Ranallo-Benavidez

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How Georgia Changed from Republican to Democratic during the 2020 Presidential and 2021 US Senate Elections: An Analysis of Interest Groups and Structure of the Georgia Democratic Party and African American Voters.

During the Trump Administration, there were a lot of controversial issues that took place in Washington, DC that alienated a lot of working-class Americans, including African Americans and their issues. During Trump’s presidency, many voters organized in their respective states to ensure a Democratic Party victory in November 2020. Policy decisions that Donald Trump implemented while in office motivated many Americans, especially Black Americans, to ensure change in the White House and the United States Senate. Furthermore, the state of Georgia experienced well-documented voter suppression during the 2018 Gubernatorial Election between Democratic Nominee Stacy Abrams and Republican Nominee Brian Kemp which motivated Stacy Abrams to help in the 2020 Presidential and 2021 US Senate Special Election to ensure voter suppression did not happen again in Georgia. During the 2020 United States Presidential Election and the 2021 United States Senate Special Election, Georgia was able to flip Democratic, which in return helped the United States Senate Democrats regain control of the United States Senate. In this paper, I will analyze how interest groups in Georgia helped propel Democratic candidates to win their respective elections for President and Senate. I will be looking at the structure and leadership of the Georgia Democratic Party and how the Democratic Political Party operates in Georgia during elections. Finally, I will examine the role African American Voters played in helping to secure a Democratic victory in Georgia.