Georgia Democrats Get Ready. But For What?

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Georgia Democrats Get Ready. But For What?

ATLANTA — Dubose Porter, the new leader of Georgia Democrats, exhorted the party faithful to “get ready” at a 2014 campaign kickoff luncheon Wednesday. Indeed, he even recited some of the words of the famous R&B tune. But get ready for what? A dress rehearsal for 2018? Or actually winning of the state’s highest profile elected offices?

Dubose Porter, the new leader of Georgia Democrats, exhorted the party faithful to “get ready” at a 2014 campaign kickoff luncheon Wednesday. Indeed, he even recited some of the words of the famous R&B tune. But get ready for what? A dress rehearsal for 2018? Or actually winning of the state’s highest profile elected offices?

Dubose Porter, the new leader of Georgia Democrats, exhorted the party faithful to “get ready” at a 2014 campaign kickoff luncheon Wednesday. Indeed, he even began singing the words of the famous R&B tune:

“People get ready/A train is comin’/You don’t need no baggage/Just get on board”

But get ready for what?

A dress rehearsal for 2018? Or actually winning of the state’s highest profile elected offices?

Porter, who was elected chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia earlier this year, boasted that the event’s turnout of 200 was so much larger than expected that they had to move to a bigger room at the Freight Depot in Atlanta, near the state Capitol.

Bigger turnout means more money. And the party is clearly seeing a bump from the candidacies of Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter who are running for U.S. Senate and Governor respectively. It raised more than $150,000 Wednesday. That amount far outpaces what the party took in at its signature Jefferson-Jackson dinner last spring before any big name candidates put skin in the game.

And it’s not just the party faithful. Porter pointed out the roster of business sponsors who underwrote the luncheon.

“They’d been [giving] to one side,” – meaning the Republicans – “and now they’re giving to both sides because they realize we’re going to win and that things are changing, and they have to play with both sides,” he said in an interview after the event.

Motivating the Base

There was clearly excitement in the air. Democrats in attendance (and the media) jostled to get a picture of Carter and Nunn as they talked together. The speech Wednesday marked Carter’s first public remarks since announcing he would challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in next year’s gubernatorial contest.

Money and excitement alone, however, won’t win races in a state as red as Georgia. Democrats like to say that President Obama won 47 percent of the vote in Georgia in 2008.

“The state is purple,” declared state Senator Vincent Fort, in an interview at the event.

via Georgia Democrats Get Ready. But For What?.

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