Georgia’s political center of gravity shifts to Atlanta

Georgia's political center of gravity shifts to Atlanta

Today, Atlanta and its suburbs have increasingly become the center of state politics, home to a burgeoning left-wing electorate that fueled Democratic victories in November and January and the rise of politicians. locals such as Stacey Abrams, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Jon Ossoff while hosting a growing number of influential Republicans.

For only the second time since World War II, the two US senators from Georgia are living in the Atlanta subway, especially in diverse neighborhoods inside the perimeter and south of I-20. And for the first time in decades, Democrats in Georgia are the primary decision-makers in federal farm policy.

Gravitational pull has also moved the GOP closer to Atlanta in recent years, with the rise of a new wave of Republican figures rooted in bedroom communities around Atlanta. Midterm 2018 ushered in new state leaders from Atlanta or who call the region home.

The shift to Atlanta has had a profound impact on politics over the past decade, paving the way for further immigration crackdowns, seat belt restrictions, and Sunday alcohol sales, to which many many residents of rural Georgia objected.

“We still have some pretty powerful Republican lawmakers from the rural part of the state,” said Chase Daughtrey, a probate judge in Cook County, near the Florida border. “But Georgia’s growth is happening in the population center of Atlanta.”

Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary in the Trump administration, helped cement power by …


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