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Après le deluge: Key takeaways from Georgia's primaries

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So much for “Jim Crow 2.0” and voter suppression, eh? We already knew from early voting that turnout had increased massively in Georgia’s primaries, exposing hysterics like Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer as cheap demagogues and Stacey Abrams as a manipulative self-promoter. With 95% of precincts reporting, however, we can learn a few other lessons from last night.

First, let’s look at the overall turnout. Four years ago, both parties had competitive primaries for their gubernatorial nominations. Brian Kemp actually came in second in that primary with only 25.6% of the vote, but forced Casey Cagle into a runoff to win. Republicans turned out 607,874 voters, while Democrats turned out 553,450, 76.5% of whom voted for Abrams.

Last night, only the GOP’s gubernatorial primary was competitive, as Abrams ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. She got all 708,559 votes, a 28% improvement for Democrats in overall turnout. Brian Kemp alone

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