Since the 1996 presidential election, the Peach State has consistently voted republican.
And the history of the traditionally red state doesn’t begin there.
Since entering the Union in 1788, the state has voted in every presidential election with the exception being the 1864 election (in which the state did not participate due to secession.)
For each presidential election between the years of 1868 and 1960 GA voted in favor of the democratic candidate, which back then would have been representative of conservative values.
Built on traditionally conservative values, the state has remained one of those comprising the south that remains representative of it’s historical influence from the plantation culture of the Old South.
The Peach State remains republican-dominant, but appears to be on the verge of cultural changes significant to the political sphere.
This 2016 election reveals a shifting Georgia. The state is no longer red, but not quite blue either.
With the fast-growing Atlanta suburbs as an underlying factor, the rural portions of the state such as communities within South Georgia are no longer dominating the coloring of the state.
This blending of historical and traditional standings with the cities’ efforts to entice millennials by promoting job growth, the state is becoming the color purple.
In an article published by the Atlantic Journal-Constitution, the state’s top five most politically diverse districts include: District 138, District 145, District 151, District 105, and District 80.
Home to former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, District 138 is an area within the state which was once home to a majority of democrats, but is gradually transitioning into a purple district as republicans relocate. This past week, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter appeared amidst the geographic to encourage residents to vote for Hillary Clinton this upcoming election.
The other districts listed reflect counties that are home to a blending of leaning residents, who, as a result of the region, are likely to feel conflicting attitudes regarding both candidates.
In these areas of GA where the race is the most narrow, the changing demographics are hypothesized to have a significant impact on the entire color of the state, possibly impacting the color of the state in elections to come.