Georgia has been a securely red state for more than a decade, with non-incumbent Democrats facing an uphill battle since the late 1990s.
But shifting demographics may be turning the tide, The Washington Post
reports. Whites were 71 percent of Georgia voters in 2004, but that has since dropped 10 points. African Americans and Latinos both are increasing in numbers.
The Huffington Post
noted in June that the white population in Georgia has increased only 6 percent in the past 10 years, compared to 26 percent for blacks and 96 percent for Hispanics.
Both Republicans and Democrats view Georgia as a future swing state. They differ only on how quickly it will happen.
The Washington Post points out that two familiar Democrat last names will be on the 2014 ballot: Carter and Nunn.
Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason Carter
, is a third-term state senator seeking the governor's office. Michelle Nunn
, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, seeks the office her father once held.
Both are expected to easily win their party's nomination, but not to win in November. Still, their emergence has revitalized the sagging state Democratic Party. And some Democrats believe both candidates have a real chance in 2014.
Obama ignored Georgia in the 2012 election cycle and still won 45 percent of the vote – the second narrowest margin after the battleground state of North Carolina.
Republicans concede the Democratic shift, but are thinking it is closer to five to seven years away.
"It will probably be the next Virginia or North Carolina," GOP strategist Paul Bennecke told The Washington Post.
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