Black vote is key in Georgia House race — but can Democrats energize it?

By | June 16, 2017

As Democrats seek to win the hotly contested House race in this longtime GOP stronghold, one of their toughest and most urgent challenges has become energizing black voters who have gone lukewarm on the party nationally.

Even in a race where Democrats have more money to spend than in any House race in history, they are struggling to get black voters in this rapidly diversifying district to turn out in the numbers they did when President Obama was on the ballot.

Their candidate, Jon Ossoff, fell just shy of winning the race outright during a special election in April, when the district’s voters exhibited enthusiasm for a Democrat not seen in decades.

Flat turnout among African Americans ultimately played big in pushing Ossoff into a runoff next week for the seat vacated by Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. (Los Angeles Times)

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