That’s the conclusion in a NY Times analysis piece that IS surprising….
While the media stories give the impression that the way for Democrats to make inroads in Georgia and other Southern states is the black vote?
The Times deep dive says no….
It points to affluent, college-educated and older white suburban voters being the way to go….
The Times piece actually points to LESS black voters coming out to vote for Biden…
Remember voter suppression for the black vote is also a factor in Southern States..
For the next two months the Democratic effort to pull off two the US Senate contest’s should spend MORE time with white suburban voters in addition to black voters….
Joe Biden put Georgia in the Democratic column for the first time since 1992 by making huge gains among affluent, college-educated and older voters in the suburbs around Atlanta, according to an Upshot analysis of the results by precinct. The Black share of the electorate fell to its lowest level since 2006, based on an Upshot analysis of newly published turnout data from the Georgia secretary of state. In an election marked by a big rise in turnout, Black turnout increased, too, but less than that of some other groups.
The findings suggest that Mr. Biden’s win in Georgia may not yet herald a new progressive majority in what was a reliably red state, as Democrats still depend on the support of traditionally conservative voters to win statewide. It helps explain why Republican candidates won more votes than Democrats in the state’s two Senate contests, even as President Trump was defeated at the top of the ticket.
But the relatively low Black share of the electorate could mean that Democrats have the potential for a better showing, perhaps even in the two Senate runoffs in January.
Mr. Trump, who won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016, fell short by 0.3 of a percentage point this time. (A final hand recount is expected to wrap up this week.) Over all, Mr. Biden ran well ahead of Hillary Clinton in well-educated, wealthy and increasingly diverse precincts around Atlanta, while making relatively few gains elsewhere in the state. Just a few decades ago, the ring of suburbs surrounding Atlanta would have counted as some of the most reliably Republican parts of the state….