Georgia on Her Mind

Hillary Clinton and her allies are adding another surprising state to their target list.

David Goldman/AP

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.


Hillary Clinton and her allies are sensing that the election could turn into a blowout—and they want to make sure the electoral map reflects it, putting resources into states so solidly red that Democrats typically ignore them. First there was Utah, which delivered Mitt Romney his largest margin of victory in 2012, but where the Clinton campaign senses it has a shot. Then came Arizona and even Texas.

Now add another deep-red state to the list: Georgia.

With Donald Trump faltering in the final weeks of the presidential campaign, the Clinton campaign and the powerhouse super-PAC supporting Clinton are looking to win in traditionally Republican strongholds in order to bolster Clinton’s claims to a mandate and demonstrate to Republicans that Trumpism is not a viable path to the White House. On Monday, the Clinton campaign announced a $2 million investment in Arizona (and sent Michelle Obama to campaign there on Thursday night) as well as an ad buy in Texas.

And on Thursday, pro-Clinton super-PAC Priorities USA Action made the latest surprising investment, putting $2 million into ads in Georgia.

It’s a startling turn in a race that just four weeks ago looked like a dead heat. Polling analysts haven’t moved Georgia into toss-up territory yet, but Justin Barasky, communications director for Priorities USA Action, says the super-PAC’s internal polling shows a race that Clinton can win. On Friday morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released a poll showing the race within the margin of error in the Peach State.

The super-PAC chose what it believes is one of its most powerful ads for Georgia. Called “My Daughter Grace,” it features parents whose daughter has spina bifida reacting to footage of Trump mocking a disabled reporter. So far, the ad has run in the Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah media markets. It will run through Election Day.

“I think it’s one of our most powerful ads,” says Barasky. “There was nothing that brought the vitriol and disapproval [more] than a 70-year-old billionaire mocking a disabled person did. So that really does—I don’t know if appeal is even the right word—but it certainly turns off virtually everyone.”

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.