The More Important Narrative That Politics Media Missed on Election Day 2021

Recent pic with State Sen. and Current Georgia Attorney General Candidate Jen Jordan
  • Virginia is not a harbinger for Democrats elsewhere — here’s why: VA was a mess of a flawed candidate who ran a campaign that did not register with young voters or independents; VA voters had spent over a year listening to McAuliffe as a political pundit on CNN; McAuliffe sucked all the oxygen out of the race for any other Democrat; McAuliffe ran a campaign distinctly removed from any progressive goals
  • New Jersey was actually a good sign for Democrats — they held off 44 years of history that said they couldn’t hold the Governor’s seat for reelection, something they hadn’t done since 1977
  • Georgia saw big gains for Democrats — and not just in Atlanta; Democrats around the state flipped forty-one (41) seats across twenty-one (21) counties; Republicans flipped only six (6); most importantly, Democrats won in places far outside metro Atlanta, winning along the Florida and Alabama borders, in south Georgia, and in east Georgia; the night VA Democrats experienced was not mirrored by the experience of GA Democrats

First Virginia:

Here’s the reality: Terry McAuliffe was a flawed candidate. Whether or not I like him, the reality of the situation is that he walked into the contest with an insane amount of baggage.

  • Bad choice of an out-of-touch candidate
  • A candidate who lacked the ability to really motivate younger voters
  • Close to zero energy put into compartmentalizing — McAuliffe’s destiny became the destiny of all VA Democrats that night

Next, New Jersey:

One of the biggest stories on Election Night was that New Jersey was wayyyyy closer than it should have been and this means a looming disaster for Democrats in 2022.

Now, onto Georgia, the main course:

Here’s why Georgia was actually the biggest political story of the night that no one talked about.

  • Ben Hill (south-central Georgia — near Tifton)
  • Berrien (south-central Georgia — near Tifton/Valdosta)
  • Brooks (Georgia-Florida border — near Valdosta)
  • Chatham (Savannah)
  • Clarke (Athens)
  • Clayton (south Atlanta)
  • Cobb (Atlanta)
  • Cook (south-central Georgia — near Tifton/Valdosta)
  • DeKalb (Atlanta)
  • Dougherty (Albany)
  • Fulton (Atlanta)
  • Grady (Georgia-Florida border — near Tallahassee!)
  • Gwinnett (Atlanta)
  • Heard (Georgia-Alabama border — near La Grange)
  • Henry (McDonough)
  • Houston (central Georgia — south of Macon)
  • Jackson (north of Athens)
  • Jefferson (east Georgia — near Augusta)
  • Lanier (south Georgia — near Valdosta)
  • Meriwether (west Georgia — near La Grange)
  • Mitchell (south Georgia — near Albany)
  • Oconee (near Athens)
  • Troup (Georgia-Alabama border — La Grange)
  • Walton (between Atlanta and Athens)
  • Worth (south-central Georgia — near Albany)

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