Political analysts have predicted that Georgia would move from being a red state to a blue state in the very near future. Democratic former State Representative Stacey Abrams lost the 2018 gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp by less than 55,000 votes.
Could Georgia swing to former Vice President Joe Biden over incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election? The polls are extremely close with the Real Clear Politics average currently showing Biden leading Trump 47.8% to 47.4%.
Hip Hop legend Common made a stop in the Peach State to campaign on behalf of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket as well as Democratic candidates for the United States Senate. He was joined by Offset of the Migos at an Atlanta drive-in rally. Common also made an appearance on CNN to discuss the state of the race.
“I really do,” replied Common when asked if he believes Democrats can win Georgia this year. “Georgia was energized. It was inspiring to see people from all walks of life. I got to actually sit and meet with Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. It was a beautiful picture of what America could be. This was a Black man and a White man who both were thinking about all communities, and they were working together thinking about what is the vision for people in Georgia but also just America. It made me hopeful.”
The “Say Peace” rapper continued, “I saw people from some of the most poor neighborhoods still coming out, aware, and talking about voting. They were talking about issues. One of the reasons I’m out there is to encourage those who don’t feel apart of the process to feel apart of it, to feel empowered by what voting is.”
There are 16 electoral votes up for grabs. A Democrat has not won Georgia in a presidential campaign since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992. The Republicans have won every U.S. Senate race in the state since 2002 when Saxby Chambliss unseated Max Cleland.
Jon Ossoff has a 1 point lead over incumbent Senator David Perdue, according to RCP. Raphael Warnock is leading in the crowded Georgia Senate special election at 39%. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote on November 3, a run-off election will be held on January 5, 2021, in order to fill the seat that was appointed to Republican Kelly Loeffler after Senator Johnny Isakson resigned in 2019.
Last week, Ossoff went viral on social media after he scorched his opponent in a debate. The 33-year-old former investigative journalist labeled Perdue a “crook” for allegedly financially benefitting from insider information about COVID-19 while he downplayed the deadliness of the virus in public. Perdue dropped out of the final Senate debate following the heated exchange last Wednesday.
Sen. David Perdue doesn't deserve to be re-elected. pic.twitter.com/S7Zi3dsnik
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020
Thanks for showing Georgia some love, @Common.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 28, 2020