The Georgia Presidential Primary is set for Tuesday, March 24.
Polls are open from 7am – 7pm on election day. Find your polling location.
Standard time and place for early voting is at the Board of Elections office downtown (155 E. Washington Street) from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday from March 2 to March 20.
You may wish to check out a sample ballot before you vote:
Who are these people?
Here’s what you need to know about each candidate on the ballot:
Candidates Worthy of Consideration
Experience: Executive – Vice-President under Obama (2009-2017).
Legislative – Senator from Delaware from 1973-2009.
Economics: Right of party: promote free-trade, invest in education, support the Affordable Care Act.
Foreign Affairs: Center-right of party, “We must fight for our values … wherever they are under attack.”
Polling: 2nd place nationally (RCP average as of 2/12/20)
Joe Biden was the early favorite, seeming destined to be the eventual nominee. However, after dramatically under-performing in both Iowa and New Hampshire, his fundraising has suffered. He remains competitive in national polls but has dropped 7 points in a few days after his failure in Iowa. That shows the weakness of the field generally, but even given the weak competition he seems unlikely to recover.
Experience: Executive – Mayor of New York City (2002-2013).
Business – Billionaire investment banker and founder of Bloomberg LP.
Economics: Far Right of party. He claims to support a public option for healthcare, a $15 / hour minimum wage and the right of workers to collectively bargain. However, he was on record just a few years ago opposing any minimum wage increases.
Foreign Affairs: Right of party, He supported the war in Iraq and has been a strong supporter of the Israel’s right-wing leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Polling: 3nd place nationally (RCP average as of 2/12/20)
A billionaire as a serious candidate in the Democratic Presidential primary? Stranger things have happened, although Bloomberg’s right-wing views will surely be something of a hindrance as the election moves on. He was officially a member of the Republican party as Mayor of NYC and hasn’t changed much since then. During this time, he instituted the draconian and racist policy of “stop and frisk” that primarily targeted people of color.
Bloomberg is the top spender in the Democratic field, all of the money coming from his own vast personal wealth (his net worth is over $61 billion). He has rocketed up in the polls as Biden has collapsed, and is now in 3rd place nationally. He is potentially a strong contender for some Super Tuesday states and beyond if voters can overlook the fact that he’d probably be more comfortable in a Republican primary.
Experience: Executive – Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (2012-present).
Military – Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve (2009-2017)
Economics: Center of party. Supports a public option for healthcare, debt-free college, a $15 / hour minimum wage and a version of the Green New Deal.
Foreign Affairs: Center of party: use force when there’s a threat to the US, or to prevent atrocities as part of an international coalition.
Polling: 5th nationally (RCP average as of 2/12/20)
A mayor of a medium-sized town as a serious candidate in a Presidential primary? Again, stranger things have happened! He certainly seems destined for a grander political post than Mayor of South Bend; he has performed quite well in the 2020 primary so far. He appears to have essentially tied for the victory in Iowa and placed a strong second in New Hampshire. He’s gotten a large boost in the polls since then, but still only places 5th nationally.
He’ll have some momentum going into Nevada and South Carolina, but his weaknesses will only become more apparent. He polls extremely poorly with people of color, for example, and his inexperience will likely hurt him as well.
Experience: Legislative – Senator from Minnesota (2007-present).
Economics: Center-right of party. Supports a public healthcare option, a $15 / hour minimum wage and increasing infrastructure investment.
Foreign Affairs: Center-right of party. “She would…modernize our military to stay one step ahead of China and Russia.”
Polling: 6th nationally (RCP average as of 2/12/20)
Klobuchar started the election being mostly unknown outside of Minnesota, which makes her growing momentum all the more remarkable. She finished above expectations in Iowa and a surprising 3rd in New Hampshire. Her right-leaning views might turn off some progressives, but will probably help her overall with moderates and independents.
Will she get a bump from her strong performances? How much? It’s hard to tell. She’s been a minor candidate and is still under 5% in national polls. If she could rewind time and start the election over, keeping the name recognition she’s now earned, she might be tough to beat. Time is on her side but she’s far back in the pack.
Experience: Legislative – Senator from Vermont (2007-present), Representative from Vermont (1991-2001).
Executive – Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (1981-1989).
Economics: Left of party. A supporter of democratic-socialism.
Foreign Affairs: Left of party. Would end US support for war in Yemen, bring our troops home and cut the military budget.
Polling: 1st nationally (RCP average as of 2/12/20)
After being essentially tied for the victory in Iowa and winning New Hampshire outright, Bernie Sanders has become the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. He is the fundraising leader and has an army of dedicated supporters across the country. Is his win inevitable at this point?
Probably not. He’ll face extreme opposition from the Democratic establishment and he might be the last candidate more moderate or conservative Democrats would rally behind. That makes his road to the nomination difficult, despite his overwhelming advantage with anyone under the age of 50. He also polls well with people of color. Even so, he’ll need to over-perform in states like Nevada, South Carolina and on Super Tuesday if he’s to lock down the nomination early. If he merely does well, he’ll have a long fight ahead.
Experience: Legislative – Senator from Massachusetts (2013-present), Creator of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Chair of Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) from 2008-2010.
Economics: Left of party. Supports free college, massive investment in affordable housing, universal childcare and pre-K, regulating Wall Street and breaking up the banks, breaking up big tech companies, cancelling most student debt, an ultra-millionaire tax and a financial transaction tax.
Foreign Affairs: Center-left of party.
Polling: 4th nationally (RCP average as of 2/12/20)
If Warren keeps dropping in the polls, she may be passed soon by Buttigieg or even Klobuchar. That would effectively end her candidacy. She has yet to win a state, which is a shame because she’s the most progressive candidate who the party establishment has expressed any amount of support for. She’s probably also the smartest person in the race. Her campaign is on life-support and she needs to make a splash soon to have even a small chance of getting 50% of the delegates before the convention.
Candidates Polling Under 4%
My apologies to any fans of these candidates, but it seems they have very little chance of winning. If you’re not already in their camp, I don’t recommend voting for them.
Candidates Who Have Literally Dropped Out Already
is Bernie electable?
Yes. As long as he is able to secure the strong support of the Democratic party, I believe Bernie will win in November. He does very well in head-to-head match-ups against Trump in polls. Unfortunately, party leaders like Obama and Hillary Clinton have already expressed their strong dislike of Sanders and might not be willing to switch gears after the convention is over. Will they embrace the progressive takeover of the party, with all the youthful energy that both Sanders and AOC bring with them? Or will they resist, holding out for another election and a more corporate-friendly candidate? I’m not sure, but I think the question of Sander’s electability rests on that. I feel that they should, and eventually will, embrace the progressive values that are obviously the future of the party.
But why Bernie?
The fates of the Democratic party, our country and perhaps even the world (once you consider the issue of climate change) are at stake in this election. We face enormous, global challenges which the neoliberal establishment has proven incapable of addressing. In the Republican party, the failure of the establishment has led to Trump. They’re not going back to the way things were, either. The next Trump might even be more ruthless and criminal (or worse, competent!) than the last. Democrats have a choice — we can abandon our principles and sign ourselves up for any candidate who will oppose these monsters from now until they stop holding elections, or we can fight back.
I don’t believe that one person, or even one President, can make the changes that are needed in our society. Bernie can’t solve these problems alone. We can only solve them by standing up for what’s right together. Bernie is the only candidate who understands the power of the people and how it can be organized effectively to bring about change. He has made this the core of his campaign.
FDR, America’s most progressive President (for his time), created the New Deal not because he was a socialist (he wasn’t), but to save capitalism from revolution. He succeeded. Bernie can succeed in exactly the same way. It’s my hope that his political “revolution,” with our help, can stabilize our society. As the climate continues to unravel, I don’t think that a less ambitious President has much of a chance of succeeding.
Oh, and I might get to go to the doctor if he wins! Bernie 2020!