Over the Christmas break, Secretary of State Brian Kemp published a long-awaited, demographic breakdown of the state’s July 20 primary voters that shows the racial chasm that now dominates Georgia politics.
The numbers confirmed what many had suspected. For the first time in a general primary, African-Americans made up a majority of those picking up a Democratic ballot. In fact, black voters were 58.4 percent of the Democratic electorate. White voters amounted to 37.6 percent of Democratic voters.
On the Republican side, white voters accounted for 96 percent of 691,466 ballots cast – while only 7,224 African-American voters picked up GOP ballots, only 1 percent of the Republican total.
The demographics also indicated that gender, too, has become a political indicator. Of all those who voted in the Democratic primary, 58 percent were women. But on the Republican side, women voters made up only 48.7 percent of the total.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider