Georgia’s two super-competitive Senate races, explained

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Democratic candidates for Senate Rev. Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff arrive for a campaign event in Jonesboro, Georgia, on October 27. The two are hoping to unseat incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. | Brynn Anderson/AP

There’s a chance both of Georgia’s Senate races could be decided next year.

Georgia, a once-solidly Republican state, has not one but two competitive Senate races this year.

Driven by booming and quickly-diversifying suburbs outside Atlanta, and suburban women fleeing the Republican party under President Donald Trump, these trends could give Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock a shot at winning.

“The fact we’re even talking about a competitive race in Georgia tells you the impact of demographic change on American politics,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres recently told Vox.

Ayres, for one, thinks traditionally southern states like Georgia and Texas are still a few years away from being true swing states. But Democrats in the state aren’t so sure.

“Our time is now,” 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, the founder of voting rights group Fair Fight, told Vox in an email interview. “We’re in a strong…


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