We’ve all heard the news about last week’s midterm election: it featured one of the lowest voter turnouts since 1942, and Georgia was no exception. While provisional ballots have yet to be fully counted, at present it seems that the number of votes cast in Georgia was stagnant. Only around 8,000 more Georgians cast a ballot in the 2014 US Senate election than in 2010, and over 30,000 fewer Georgians voted for governor this year compared to 2010.
Where these votes were cast, however, has certainly changed in 4 years. These maps analyzing the Senate race as well as these for the governor’s race, generated from state election results, show that votes are being further concentrated in metro Atlanta while areas such as Southwest Georgia are shedding voters. Fulton County led the way for increase in votes (+11,416 for Senate), while Muscogee County saw the biggest drop-off from 2010 (-4,642 for Senate).
Besides just looking at total votes per county, I’ve also run the numbers and created maps for percent change and raw vote change for Democratic votes, Republican votes, and “Democratic swing” – the improvement (or decrease, if negative numbers) in net Democratic votes from 2010 to 2014 for both the Senate and governor’s race.
In the open-seat race for the Senate, Michelle Nunn picked up over 160,000 more votes than Michael Thurmond in 2010, while David Perdue underperformed incumbent Sen. Johnny Isakson’s 2010 numbers by around 133,000 votes. Governor Nathan Deal was reelected with nearly 22,000 fewer votes than he gained in his open-seat 2010 race, while Jason Carter picked up over 34,000 more votes than Roy Barnes four years ago. These maps show precisely where these votes were gained and lost, and you can hover over each county to see the changes in each. Go check ’em out, and let the punditry begin about the impact of competing Democratic/Republican GOTV efforts in the comments.