Percentage Of White Voters Dropping In Georgia

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Georgia has long been seen as a “red” state.

But that could be changing due to another color: white.

The number of white, registered voters declined 2 percent since the last presidential election, from 59 to 57 percent. That’s according to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.

If you look back to 2001, it’s a 15 percent drop, according to the Brookings Institute.

The change in the racial make-up of registered voters in Georgia signals a possible trend that could result in changes to the state’s political future.

“It portends a very clear dynamic in Georgia over time where it’s probably going to become a more purple state, maybe even eventually a blue state,” said Dr. Kerwin Swint, a political scientist at Kennesaw State University.

Swint said the increase of minority voters is seen throughout the Southeast.

“But particularly in Georgia, you have so much in the metro Atlanta area draw so much business and commercial activity,” he said. “I think it’s more pronounced in Georgia, but it’s happening nationwide, really.”

In a number of counties in metro Atlanta, including Fulton and Gwinnett, no one race accounts for a majority of the county’s voters.

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