War­ren to make cam­paign stop in Lawrenceville

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD - By Greg Bluestein [email protected]

U.S. Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren is soon headed to Gwin­nett County to meet with ac­tivists, be­com­ing the first pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to make a pub­lic visit to Ge­or­gia af­ter for­mally en­ter­ing the 2020 race.

The Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat will ap­pear at Cen­tral Gwin­nett High School in Lawrenceville on Satur­day for what’s billed as an “or­ga­niz­ing event” to rally sup­port­ers be­hind her bid for the White House.

It’s the lat­est sign that Democrats are se­ri­ous about com­pet­ing for Ge­or­gia’s 16 elec­toral votes af­ter a spate of Repub­li­can de­feats across metro At­lanta’s sub­urbs and the near-miss by Stacey Abrams.

Just about ev­ery pres­i­den­tial hope­ful vis­ited Ge­or­gia last year to stump with Abrams and other Democrats — and lay the ground­work for their cam­paigns — as the party cir­cles the state as a po­ten­tial bat­tle­ground.

A string of vis­its by other Demo­cratic can­di­dates in the in­creas­ingly crowded race for pres­i­dent will soon fol­low.

War­ren kicked off her bid for pres­i­dent on Satur­day with a pledge to com­bat eco­nomic in­equal­ity and fight­ing “cor­rupt” cor­po­rate greed. She also tried to put to rest ques­tions sur­round­ing past as­ser­tions claim­ing a Na­tive Amer­i­can iden­tity. The Lawrenceville visit is part of War­ren’s seven-state or­ga­niz­ing tour that in­cludes stops at each early-vot­ing state. And the se­lec­tion of Gwin­nett as a launch­ing point for her cam­paign in Ge­or­gia was an­other sym­bol of the county’s fast-chang­ing pol­i­tics.

The sub­urb was for decades solidly Repub­li­can ter­ri­tory, but Hil­lary Clin­ton nar­rowly car­ried Gwin­nett in 2016 and Abrams dom­i­nated the county in Novem­ber. It’s now a must­win for any Demo­cratic can­di­date for statewide or fed­eral of­fice.

It’s also the heart of the 7th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which is at­tract­ing a large field of com­peti­tors af­ter Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall an­nounced last week he would not seek an­other term. Woodall nar­rowly held the seat in Novem­ber, win­ning the clos­est House race in the na­tion. The run­ner-up, Demo­crat Carolyn Bour­deaux, has al­ready an­nounced plans to run again, and many other can­di­dates from both par­ties are con­sid­er­ing bids.

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Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren makes a cam­paign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sun­day.

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