Election day is here.
Although the most recent polling suggests that Donald Trump leads over democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by a mere 1 percentage point in the historically red state, Trump has defied all odds and gained support of republicans statewide throughout his campaign.
Despite utter rejection among republican Georgians at the beginning of the campaign, the republican candidate has risen in months since.
Shortly before the republican convention where Trump would announce his official acceptance of the republican party nomination, the candidate made one final brief visit to Atlanta to rally citizens. The event resulted in three arrests of protestors, which has been a steady narrative throughout the campaigns entirety.
The violent physical and verbal attacks occurring at events both held by democratic leaders and republican leaders was heightened throughout the campaign season.
“One of the big issues that came up last night was the fact that the Clinton campaign has paid people to disrupt, violently, our rallies, and to incite absolute total bedlam,” claimed Trump at a rally in Delaware, OH. on October 20th, 2016.
Trump has continued to tie attacks toward himself back to the Clinton campaign, either by direct contact or in an indirect manner.
Throughout the violence, scandal, and controversy surrounding each campaign, voters across the nation find themselves caught between which candidate to vote for.
Whether it be a discrepancy between their party affiliation and lack of support toward the candidate of the party, or an undecided voter planning to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, GA is revealing itself to be a home to many of these laggards, unable to adopt an attitude toward a candidate and his/her campaign.
GA, which is a state that his historically voted strongly in favor of the republican candidate, has in recent years shifted to a shade of purple.
Either due to demographics or lack of partisanship, the former Union state is proving to be a surprise to officials this 2016 election year.
As the state shifts from red to purple, early voting activity in The Peach State expresses an increased public full of passionate and concerned citizens.
Specifically, throughout these last few weeks, after the closeness between the two candidates was revealed, volunteer levels have increased significantly in order to get divided groups preferred candidate elected.
In the most recent predictions by the political website 270towin.com and RealClearPolitics propose a Clinton win, even going so far as to predict GA as a likely republican voting state, but not a strong state as it has been in previous years.
Only time will tell where Georgia’s 16 electoral votes will fall within the electoral college voting scale.