The Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), speaking on Thursday at the party summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, named Georgia as one of the states that Democrats might be able to take from the Republicans, with the help of the rapidly growing Hispanic population.
"We're in Arizona because it's important for us to send a strong signal that we're not ceding any regions of the country," she said. "We have opportunities here in Arizona because the Republicans are so extreme, and are extreme on issues that matter particularly to a demographic that has tremendous growth here in Arizona, in Texas, in Georgia, and all across the country, and that's the Hispanic community."
Wasserman Shultz said that the GOP has become so "extreme" in recent years that taking over the traditionally red states is a very realistic goal for Democrats.
The Republican opposition to immigration reform and the most recent campaign to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even at the cost of shutting down the government, are some of the reasons why the Latino communities have moved away from the GOP, according to the Florida lawmaker.
Baltimore Mayor and DNC secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake agreed with Wasserman Shultz, and added that voter registration efforts and President Barack Obama's middle-class message can help with expansion of the party.
"We see that there's a lot of growth opportunity for the party and we're not afraid to reach out into those states that aren't our strongholds to build our party," she said.