Spotlighting a part of Jon Richards’s larger post below, Aaron Gould Sheinin has the story of Gwinnett’s drift into multiculturalism. Spotlighted is Tom Rice’s district, which has gone from a smattering of non-whites to over 30% minority. He is challenged by Democrat Amreeta Regmi. While this seat is still thought to be safe for Republicans, the changing demographics of the district presage the change in the state as a whole. Could this be the year a solidly Red seat is lost?
To be sure, this is the first time in a while the Dems have had a good candidate in the seat:
“In the past, many times the Democrats just put up a name and nobody knows who they are and they didn’t raise 5 cents and they didn’t go anywhere,” Gwinnett Republican Gay Shook said. Shook is friends with Regmi and is an enthusiastic supporter of the first-time candidate. “This time, she’s a formidable opponent.”
Rice doesn’t think so, and he points out the other side of the 30% minority statistic: 70% of the district is white, and whites, primarily vote for Republicans. Mitt Romney took the district with 56% and making up that stagger in an off year election will be a challenge to Regmi. But can she pull it off?