With less than two weeks until the November 4th elections, Georgia’s runoff elections are set to feature a mix of conservative candidates, a moderate Democrat, and a progressive Republican.
The two-term incumbent, Karen Handel, and her running mate, Brian Kemp, have a relatively clear path to victory, with Handel running an especially strong race in the Georgia’s southern suburbs, while Kemp’s opponent, businessman Brian Schweitzer, is fighting on the margins of the state’s heavily Democratic Atlanta metropolitan area.
The results will be important to the political fortunes of Georgia’s six electoral districts, which are divided into two districts that each hold just two representatives.
The district of Fulton County, for example, holds two Republicans, a Democrat, two independent Democrats, and four Green Party candidates, while the district of Atlanta holds four Democrats, four Republicans, four independents, and three Green Party voters.
Each of the six districts has a different makeup, with the more conservative district in Atlanta, which holds the seat of former President Barack Obama, being represented by former Georgia Attorney General Brian Kemp and the more moderate district in Fulton County being represented on the other side by former state Senator Don Yelton, who served as the state treasurer and served as a member of the Georgia House.
These six districts represent the southern portion of the Atlanta metro area, while Fulton County covers the southern half of the metro area and is considered to be the most rural part of the city of Atlanta.
Georgia has a history of Republican dominance in the state legislature, as the district that covers the state capital, Atlanta, is considered a Republican stronghold.
In 2014, Georgia was the fifth most Republican-held state legislature seat in the nation, according to a 2015 survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, and Georgia is currently home to a Republican governor, Republican state senators, and one Republican-dominated House.
Georgia is a winner-take-all state, meaning that if a candidate from any one of the districts wins the district, they’ll be elected as the next governor.
In 2018, the Democratic candidate for the seat vacated by Governor Deal, Tom Price, was re-elected to his post, defeating incumbent Republican Tom Graves.
Kemp and Schweitzer have had mixed results in recent years.
Schweitzer was a popular progressive governor who championed an array of progressive policies, while Price was a staunch conservative who opposed many of the reforms that were pushed by Kemp.
But Schweitzer has been more active in the Democratic Party, which helped him defeat Kemp in the 2012 race for the Senate, and he won re-election to the House in 2018.
Schweitzers political rise comes at a time when Georgia is one of two states in the South that is considered by many to be in the grip of a Tea Party wave, a movement in which conservative activists and conservative politicians have begun to express support for the movement.
Georgia, like other Southern states, is home to several Tea Party groups that have coalesced around their candidate and sought to use them to advance their political agendas.
Georgia Tea Party member Scott Ruppert was one of these groups, and in 2018, he ran a very strong campaign for the state House seat vacated in the death of former Governor Nathan Deal, who left office following a failed bid for re-enforceability.
Ruppets victory over Deal was seen by many conservatives as a victory for the Tea Party movement, as Ruppetts message was that Georgia has failed the people of Georgia and that they need a strong leader to lead them.
Georgia currently has an estimated 10,000 Tea Party members, according the Southern Poverty Law Center, a large number that has grown in the last few years.
The Tea Party has been one of Georgia’ most active political movements, and some of the most vocal members of the movement have been Tea Party activists in Georgia, such as former Georgia State Representative Darnell Higgs, who is now a member, and former state Representative James Tull, who was the first openly gay Republican in the House of Representatives.
The current political climate is a result of the current wave of the Tea Parties election, with Tea Party support growing among Georgia’s population, as well as the Tea Partiers being targeted by President Donald Trump in his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
The state of Georgia is now one of five states that does not have a single Democrat in the U.S. House of Representative.
Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature is responsible for the redistricting of the country, and the state of Atlanta has been a major battleground state for the past four years.
With Georgia holding both its first and second congressional seats since 2000, the state has been the center of many of Donald Trump’s electoral campaigns.
During his presidential run, Trump won Georgia’s 18 electoral votes, and while he lost Georgia’s 17 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, he did win the state by a wide margin, with Hillary losing the state to Trump by just over a million votes.
Georgia also has a large African American population,