Percentage Of White Voters Dropping In Georgia (WABE 90.1)
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 4, 2016) — 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.
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