|2012 POLLS (Obama vs. Romney)|
2010 Census Reapportionment: Georgia gained one electoral vote, giving it 16 through the 2020 presidential election. This is the 3rd consecutive Census where Georgia has gained at least one electoral vote.
Georgia, one of the original 13 colonies, entered the Union in January 1788. The state has participated in every presidential election except 1864 (due to secession). From 1868 thru 1960, the state was as “blue” as can be – voting Democratic in every election. Like many other southern states, its residents were conservative Democrats that went “red” in 1964 in response to unhappiness over the Civil Rights Act, which was effectively exploited by the Republicans in a tactic called the “southern strategy.” In 1968, Georgia voted for Independent George Wallace in an election that marked the last time a third-party candidate received any electoral votes. Georgia has been reliably Republican since, except when a southern Democrat was on the ticket – Georgians sided with homegrown Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980 and Bill Clinton in 1992. In 2004, George Bush easily defeated John Kerry by 58% to 41%, but the Republican margins have been more narrow since then. In 2012, Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by about 8%. Georgia’s population has grown rapidly in recent years, and the state could be more in play in future elections as the state's overall demographics evolve. As of the 2012 election, only 7 states will have more electoral votes.