Georgia is the ninth most populous state in the United States and is located in the southeastern region of the nation. Georgia has a long history of politics that dates back to colonial times with many important figures playing a part in its development. The state government consists of an executive branch, headed by the Governor, a legislative branch, consisting of two chambers with members elected to two-year terms, and a judicial branch made up of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. There are two major political parties in Georgia; Republicans and Democratic Party. In recent years, Republicans have controlled both houses of the legislature as well as the governorship which has allowed them to pass tax cuts and other conservative measures into law. Local political candidates vary from county to county throughout Georgia but all must adhere to certain qualifications set by state law prior to running for office.
The political climate in Georgia is leaning liberal.
In Georgia 49.5% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 49.2% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.3% voted for an Independent Party.
In the last Presidential election, Georgia flipped narrowly Democratic, 49.5% to 49.2%.
Georgia flipped Democratic in 2020 after voting Republican in the previous five Presidential elections.
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index
Georgia is leaning liberal.
The BestPlaces liberal/conservative index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.
Georgia, Georgia: R R r r r d
How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R R).
Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.
Here's the VoteWord for Iowa d r d d r r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last four elections.
Individual Campaign Contributions in Georgia
In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 307,352 contributions totaling $37,297,576 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $121 per contribution.
In the last 4 years, there were 113,789 contributions totaling $72,010,203 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $633 per contribution.
(source: Federal Election Commission)