Georgia: Immigrants causing demographic shakeup, swaying upcoming special election

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An influx of immigrants and a number of growing minority groups are driving demographic changes in Georgia, which is having an effect on the upcoming special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Reuters reports that the district was predominately white (roughly 80 percent) at the turn of the century and has long been considered a Republican lock. However, with more immigrants pouring into the state, the black population has increased from 10 percent to 13 percent,the Hispanic population has doubled to 12.5 percent and Asian representation doubled to more than 10 percent.

The district is white collar, educated and doing well economically, with median household incomes of $80,000 versus $50,000 statewide, and nearly 60 percent of adults holding a college or professional degree, more than twice the statewide average.

Georgia is now becoming more ethnically diverse and home to well-educated immigrants from India and other regions of Asia in recent years.

Presently, nearly a fifth of the district is now foreign born, which is more than double the state average, according to census data. The statistics also show that while those who are newly immigrated are not able to vote, more than 40 percent are considered naturalized citizens with the potential to influence or mispresent views on topics like immigration compared to views shared by district voters.

These factors carry significance with the weight of the impending special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on April 18, which is being viewed as a litmus test of sorts for the Trump and the Republicans’ stronghold on the national electoral map.

Among the list of 18 candidates vying for the House of Representatives seat is someone whose grassroots “Make Trump Furious” campaign has been capturing the attention of many anti-Trump activists and the hopes of Democrats: 30-year-old Democrat and political underdog Jon Ossoff. Many Democrats see him as a first chance to turn the wave of left-leaning outrage at Trump’s election and channel it into action.

“The grassroots intensity here is electric, and it’s because folks are concerned that what is happening in Washington doesn’t represent our values,” Ossoff said in an interview. “This is a chance for this community to stand up and make a statement about what we believe.”

Both Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) have announced their support of Ossoff — making it clear that his election would be a blow for Trump:

Reportedly, Ossoff’s anti-Trump fervor has made him a frontrunner ahead of 17 rivals in the polls. His campaign was been well-received and raised a staggering $8.3 million in donations during the first quarter, says the report.

Ossoff is hoping he can turn Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District blue and clinch the first congressional win against Trump on the GOP’s own turf.  If he wins, he would be the first Democrat to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District since Newt Gingrich won the seat in 1978.

H/T: Reuters

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