Georgia residents took to the polls last Tuesday during a 12-hour period, resulting in the state’s 16 electoral votes contributing to Donald Trump becoming the President-elect.
These 16 votes, 6 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed for a general election win, contributed to Trump’s win with a 51.4% backing by Georgians.
The 1,837,300 votes in favor of democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were not enough to surpass the 2,068,623 votes in support of Donald Trump.
The final efforts of democrats concluding the final days of the campaign were not enough to flip the traditionally red state to blue.
Although recent polling suggested a close race between the two candidates, leading many to closely speculate where the 16 electoral votes would be placed, it was the aggregate polling methods which proved to be most accurate, revealing a near 5% spread between the two candidates, with Trump winning the state.
Taking into consideration individual GA counties, suburban Douglas County voted for Clinton by more than 10 percentage points.
Other counties which fought to flip the red state blue include areas within the state’s metro Atlanta suburbs such as Dekalb and Fulton Co.
Moreover, areas surrounding Augusta Co as well as Savannah served as major contributors to the 45% vote in favor of the democratic candidate.
While the state remained red, analysts will closely examine the state in the future as minority populations steadily rise.
In the past, efforts made by the democratic party have been slim. However, taking into consideration the last time the state flipped from red to blue was in 1992 when the state voted to elect Hillary Clinton’s husband, the Clinton campaign fought hard in the state throughout the months leading up to election day.
Various factors within the state contribute to the close race between the two candidates within the state. Whether it be the traditional party affiliation with the republican party and opposing identity matching residents feel either for or against Clinton, there is no denying that this unconventional race will puzzle political scientists for years to come.