A new poll from a once reliably red state in the Deep South has some bad news for President Donald Trump as he shifts into high gear for his 2020 re-election bid.
Trump carried the state of Georgia 51 to 45 percent over Hillary Clinton in 2016, taking the Peach State’s 16 electoral votes on his road to the White House, but new data suggests that Georgia may be ready to give Trump the boot.
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A Georgia University poll which was commissioned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reveals that 55 percent of registered voters in the state say that they have an unfavorable view of Trump. 39 percent said they had a favorable view of the president, and 4 percent were undecided.
Political observers believe Georgia could be one of several red states that may go against trends and turn blue in 2020, according to The Hill:
“Some analysts believe Georgia could come into play in 2020, as factors such as diversifying demographics give momentum to Democrats.”
The Georgia poll also shows that former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams even has a higher approval rating than Trump, standing at 44 percent as she contemplates whether or not she will run for the Senate or White House in the next election.
If Abrams does seek the Georgia Senate seat, she would be facing incumbent David Perdue (R), who has a 46 percent favorable number but is thought to be vulnerable in part because he has so steadfastly supported President Trump.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who narrowly defeated Abrams last year, has a favorable rating of 46 percent, with 39 saying they disapprove. But recent moves by Kemp and the GOP-controlled Georgia state legislature to pass controversial legislation such as a fetal heartbeat bill could spell trouble as 2020 approaches.
Other once-safe states in the south could also be in play next year. Among those trending Democratic are North Carolina and Virginia. If Trump loses three states in the Deep South, it seems unlikely he could make up the difference elsewhere in the country.
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