Georgia is set to become a critical early player in the Presidential election, with the Democratic National Conference planning to reschedule the state’s primary to February 13, 2024 — two weeks before South Carolina’s primary vote.
Georgia’s influence in the political calendar has fluctuated over decades.
In 1992, Georgia’a Democratic Governor Zell Miller used his influence to bring the state to the front of the primary calendar to boost the profile of his fellow Southerner and friend Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.
In the decade since, Georgia shed its title as a Democratic stronghold, following more of the state’s politicians and voters embracing Republican views and ideologies.
For years, the once-blue state was entrenched as a Republican stronghold. But the last two elections have indicated Georgia is firmly in the purple territory.
In 2020, Georgia reemerged as a battleground state after President Joe Biden’s win of the state’s 16 Presidential electoral votes was used to substantiate former President Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen.
Fellow Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff beat incumbent Republican Senators to gain seats in the Senate.
The peach state will once again play an integral role in selecting the country’s next president, and Democrats and Republicans are taking notes.
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, has supported the idea of bringing forward the primary election dates.
Democrats have already made the move to kickoff primary voting in Georgia earlier.
The DNC has already approved a plan to have Georgia join the early primary calendar on February 13, 2024.