Looking for a Midterm Surprise? Look to Georgia #Midterms2014

Looking for a Midterm Surprise? Look to Georgia #Midterms2014


Georgia on My Mind. For the 2014 midterm elections, the Democrats spent $60 million on a grassroots focused effort called the “Bannock Street Project.”

The Bannock Street strategy focused on ten states with push on voter registration with the goal of getting midterm election turnout results to match what presidential election turnout is.  One thing to look for Tuesday:  If the Bannock strategy works, Georgia is the place to find evidence of success along with Louisiana and North Carolina.

But Georgia is the biggest key.  In 2014, Georgia features a close race for Governor and Senator and features five Black women on the ballot running for statewide office.  If there is a chance that Georgia can go from red to blue, November 4, may be the day.

If none of the Democrats running statewide win on election day, we really are left to wonder when in the future Georgia will finally make the progressive turn many have been predicting for years.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke