Wow! Last night was fun.
Georgia voters flipped THREE seats in the state legislature last night — and broke the Republican supermajority in the state Senate.
In a progressive surge, Democrats Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace defeated Trump-supporting Republican opponents in ruby-red, Republican-drawn House districts in Athens and Watkinsville.
And in north metro Atlanta, progressive Democrat Jen Jordan will face Jaha Howard in a runoff for state Senate District 6. Howard is currently embroiled in controversy over his “anti-gay, misogynistic Facebook posts.” This race will break the conservative Republican supermajority in the state Senate on December 5.
It’s important to understand the full impact of last night’s results: these three seats were drawn by Republicans, for Republicans. They were not supposed to be competitive seats.
When we fight, we can win. All nine seats in yesterday’s state legislative special election had a Democratic contender. This is new. This is different. And this is better for our state.
In four House seats newly elected House Minority Leader Bob Trammell put a Democratic candidate on the ballot for the first time since the 2012 House map was put into place. I’m sure some people told him not to bother fighting for those seats.
And there’s one more takeaway from last night. Georgia’s election maps are at a high risk for being rigged even more in the 2018 legislative session.
Better Georgia will continue to push back on any changes to the maps that give elected officials the power to choose their voters instead of letting the voters choose their elected officials.