Battle for Georgia: Joe Biden and Donald Trump appeal tested in the South
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“Trump 2020: it’s America vs Communism,” bellows a billboard on Interstate 75, just north of Atlanta. It’s a big claim, but far from out of step with the political advertising currently pummelling Georgians as we enter the final days of this election campaign.
Much has been written about the states on which either President Trump’s re-election or a Joe Biden victory could hinge: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. But there is a sense that Georgia is among others now in play. The gloves are off in the fight for the Peach State.
The Republicans haven’t lost Georgia in almost three decades, and in rural communities the state wears its conservative values on its sleeve. Churches, picket fences, farms and pickup trucks are ubiquitous here, as are yard signs imploring voters to “Keep America Great” by sticking with the Trump-Pence ticket.
But demographics are pulling Georgia into contested territory. Head into Atlanta, the cosmopolitan powerhouse city of America’s south east, and the contrast is stark. Walking through its in-town communities you could be forgiven for thinking a Democrat landslide was coming, such is the embrace of the Biden-Harris campaign.