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Political reporter: Suburbs vital to winning Georgia in November

Greg Bluestein, a political reporter at The Atlanta Journal Constitution, said on Hill TV’s “Rising” Friday that Georgia’s Senate races and the president’s chances in the state are contingent on suburban voters.  

“The suburbs are our biggest battleground here in Georgia and you’ve seen the shift, just as you’ve seen nationally, the inner suburbs are becoming very competitive,” Bluestein said. 

He noted that the gap between Democrats and Republicans in statewide elections has narrowed over the years, with Republican Gov. Brian KempBrian KempOvernight Health Care: Georgia gets Trump approval for Medicaid work requirements, partial expansion | McConnell shoots down .8 trillion coronavirus deal Georgia gets Trump approval for Medicaid work requirements, partial expansion Meadows hosted wedding despite guidelines banning gatherings of more than 10 people: report MORE winning in 2018 by less than two percentage points against Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. 

Democrats also won several state legislative seats in the Atlanta suburbs that year, Bluestein noted. 

“If Biden wins it's because he’s able to not only galvanize African American voter coalition — which has long been the cornerstone of the Democratic party here in Georgia — but it’s also because he’ll be able to get out a higher percentage of white voters," he said.