With all eyes on Georgia for Senate control, and with it the potential for progressive legislation, there is one person who calls himself an oracle. Or as he puts it, “I’m the poster boy for the second round in Georgia and the Republican chicane.”
Former Senator Wyche Fowler, a Liberal from Atlanta, lost his seat in 1992 when he fell just below the 50% Georgia law requires to avoid a runoff. A relic of segregation, the second round is designed to limit the power of the black vote. “It was a racist rule,” Fowler told the Daily Beast.
The statewide white turnout ensures which candidate would cross the 50% threshold, and that was a fail-safe system 28 years ago when Fowler ran against Republican Paul Coverdell. But there has been an 18 point change in Georgia’s demographics since Fowler’s narrow loss. “The Democrats’ chances for these playoffs are much better than they were when I ran. I got 39% of the white votes and 93% of the black votes in an electorate of 82% white, which resulted in a loss of 49.4% of the vote – 14,990 votes, ending its election. political career after five terms in the House and a single term in the Senate.
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