Herschel Walker leans on Trump-foe Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in closing days of the runoff race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. He lost by nearly 8 points. (Photo: Getty Images)
When I first asked Hillary Clinton about her views on Georgia, she was asked by a reporter for her position on the state and her campaign’s recent decision to back an independent who ran against her in her 2008 bid for the White House.
“Let me tell you what I think about Georgia,” she said. “It’s a mess.”
As she sees it, the state’s election situation makes it all the more imperative to get out and participate.
“It was a long time ago,” Clinton said about her unsuccessful 2008 run for U.S. Senate from Georgia. “One of the reasons that I wanted to run and why I wanted to run for president before I ran for governor was out of deep disappointment in Georgia’s politicians and the way things were being rigged for the rich and well connected and for the political party establishment. It seemed that all that it was about was keeping the status quo, keeping power and keeping the status quo. And so after doing a lot of research and a lot of soul searching, it was just more of the same in terms of the way our political system is rigged against ordinary people.”
The election results in Georgia this week don’t exactly represent a revolution for voters or change for the state’s politics.
But on the way to the runoff between Democrat Stacey Abrams (who lost by nearly 8 points, 45.6 percent to 41.9) and Republican Brian Kemp (who won 55 percent of the vote), Clinton’s sentiments are perhaps the best thing that can be said of the state’s election. It’s not perfect, but it’s a reminder that there are changes that can be made for the better.
As Clinton sees it, the election results in Georgia this week don’t exactly represent a revolution for voters or change for the state’s politics.
But on the way to the runoff between Democrat Stacey Abrams (who lost by nearly 8 points, 45