Last week, polling reveled the two major party presidential candidates to be in a near deadlock in GA.
After the Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll found that Trump was only leading by one single point among likely voters in the traditionally republican state, Georgians took matters into their own hands, increasing efforts to elect their favored candidate.
Neither Trump nor Clinton made visits to the state, nor planned for any major events to be held; however, many high-profile state officials in GA traveled to other states to encourage voter turnout and ultimately persuade voters to elect the candidate who they support.
Tom Price ventured to Pennsylvania on Tuesday to hold a rally where he talked issues regarding the Affordable Care Act, specifically its rising healthcare premiums, ensuring audience members that Trump has a solution to the health care crisis in the U.S.
Another state official to leave GA in support of campaign efforts was State Senator Michael Williams, who traveled to Utah with the goal to direct possible third-part presidential candidate Evan McMullin voters to vote for Trump instead. Williams was one of the first GA officials to endorse Donald Trump as the republican nominee, and a main supporter of how Trump has transformed the republican party.
In support of the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, a civil rights hero from Atlanta, visited Philadelphia and North Carolina this past weekend to speak to residents in the race’s closing days to target the African-American communities with an encouraging message surround their importance in this election.
Additionally, if Clinton were to win both Pennsylvania and North Carolina, that would significantly narrow Trump’s chance of winning the election; thus, a strategic move by both candidate’s campaigns to make final impacts in these states.
However, GA is also turning-out to be one state which has the potential to affect the election in a major way, where Trump’s lead has been consistent throughout the months, but the lead continues to decrease. And with polls as close as they are, surrogates have been sent to GA from other areas of the country to keep residents active and informed.
What is proving to be crucial for the campaigns within the state is each candidate’s supporters who are taking to the phones to interact with their local communities and gain support for their favored candidate.
According to the Atlantic-Journal Constitution, thousands of phone numbers have been dialed, doors have been knocked on, and donations have been given within this final week. Efforts such as these reinforce the potential effects voter activism holds on the results of the campaign, results which will be found this Tuesday.
As volunteers conclude their efforts, stretching each minute to it’s fullest potential, the challenge posed by the recent polling has been eagerly accepted. Bob Finnegan, chairman of the Richmond County GOP basks in the increasing activism of local supporters by stating, “This is just a new surge of energy, which is really good,” referring to the effects Donald Trump has had on the election and fresh-faced residents who are finding their voice within the political sphere.
Come Tuesday, one candidate will have received the majority of the electoral votes and assume responsibility of being President of the United States. One campaign will end on a high note, while the other will ensure disappointment.
However, it goes without saying that this election has had multiple impacts, some positive while others appear negative, on citizens, political parties, and the entire system of the United States of America.
So while many voters will be angered, frustrated, and saddened that their favored candidate failed to receive enough electoral votes to take the presidency, these citizens should be reassured that the majority of Americans have voted for the winning candidate.
And that is conceptualized as a democracy, one of the key foundational elements with which America was built upon, making this country what it is today.