Georgia civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), along with the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus, is set to campaign this year in states where President Barack Obama is quite unpopular but where Democrats still rely on black voters to swing elections their way, according to Monday’s article in Politico.
In the 2014 U.S. Senate elections Democrats need every vote. The midterms are usually more difficult for the left, because minority voters like African-Americans are less likely to participate. Since with a low turnout Democrats could lose their majority in the Senate this year, and stand no chance of winning the lower chamber regardless of turnout, it is especially important to rally their base.
“If we fail to hold onto the Senate, we can lose a great deal,” said Lewis. “The vote is precious. You have to use it. You have to vote like your life depended on it. Right now, it does.”
Michelle Nunn, a Georgia Democrat running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), could certainly use some help in getting out the vote. Nunn has positioned herself as a non-partisan centrist, and as such she’s carefully avoided any associations with President Barack Obama. Obama, while not very popular in the Peach State overall, is very popular among Georgia’s African-American voters, who in turn are the backbone of the state Democratic Party.
In Georgia, still very much a Republican state, Nunn is the underdog but some polls show her with a possible advantage. As unlikely as her win is, with Democrats turning out in numbers similar to 2008 and 2012 she certainly seems to have a fighting chance. Nunn, a political novice and daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga), is running against former Reebok CEO David Perdue, also first-time political candidate and cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R).