Because White people here don’t vote for Democrats
take it Aaron Gould Sheinin*!
Now, just weeks from the Nov. 6 general election, Virginia and North Carolina are again in play while Georgia has been little more than a drive-through bank for both sides. To understand why, Georgia Democrats need look no further than their inability to attract white voters.
In Obama’s first bid for the White House he received just 23 percent of the white vote here, compared to 39 percent in Virginia and 34 percent in North Carolina, according to exit polls. As of last week, Obama had the support of just 22 percent of Georgia’s likely white voters, according to a poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and released Sunday.
And why are our white people different? Well, the dominant theory is that North Carolina and Virginia have more educated white people.
“I’m pretty sure, despite Atlanta, that Virginia’s educational level among whites is higher than Georgia,” said Larry Sabato, a national political expert at the University of Virginia. “It’s not income so much as it is education. The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.”
Though Ed Lindsey wants you to know that white people, at least the ones in his district, are well educated and elect him anyway, if I follow correctly:
Georgia state Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, might not have his post if college degrees translated neatly to Democratic proclivities. “Under that theory, Buckhead should be rock solid Democratic,” said Lindsey, the House majority whip who represents Buckhead.
The second reason given is that Georgia is more conservative, which is sort of a circular argument so I will ignore it in favor of the third one:
But [Political Science Professor Kerwin] Swint said a third factor also explains the GOP’s current lock on the state: the organizational weakness of the state Democratic Party.
“The Democratic Party [in Georgia] has somewhat collapsed,” he said.
DuBose Porter, a former Democratic leader in the state House, said Swint’s verdict is undeniable. When Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid in 2002, Porter said, “there was no infrastructure left,” because the governor’s office traditionally ran the state party.
“That’s something other states didn’t let happen,” said Porter, now a member of the Democratic National Committee.
A shot across the bow of the DPG! That’s the pile-on trifecta! Well done AGS!