Democratic National Committee to Devote Additional Resources to Georgia Races

The Democratic National Committee kicked off a three-day conference in downtown Atlanta Thursday. The head of the DNC says Georgia is key to the midterm election and will get new resources.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she’s committed to getting a Democrat voted into the governor’s office and U.S. Senate.

“These races are competitive and Jason Carter will be governor of the state of Georgia and Michelle Nunn will be the United States senator from Georgia because when Georgia voters go to the polls they are going to choose to move forward, not embrace more extremism and obstructionism.”

Georgia is one of about a dozen states where Democrats will dispatch designated staff to expand voter rolls and ensure ever vote is counted in November.

Wasserman Schultz spoke just a few days after her GOP counterpart campaigned in Georgia and said David Perdue would help Republicans regain a majority in the U.S. Senate

Pratt Wiley, the Democrats’ national director for voter expansion, spoke of hundreds of thousands of unregistered potential Democrats in Georgia.

“Georgia hasn’t been a presidential battleground in a while so you don’t have that same type of infrastructure as you have in North Carolina or Florida but we’re going to build it here and make sure people here are trained and have the tools,” said Wiley.

Among those new tools is software developed by President Obama’s 2012 campaign. It allows volunteers to make targeted phone calls from the web and makes it easier to locate homes and neighborhoods with unregistered potential Democrats. 

GA GOP spokesman Ryan Mahoney is unfazed, saying Republicans are already mobilized.

“We have 35 full-time field directors who are working with volunteers and getting people on the phones and getting them walking. We were the first state to roll out new technology that allows us to walk more efficiently and connect with voters and we’ve already made upwards of 150,000 voter contacts,” said Mahoney. “We’ve been working hard to make sure the state stays red and our voters and grassroots volunteers are excited.”

Early voting begins Oct. 6th