“Midterms” in the United States: in Georgia, a casting that delights the media

Less than two years after the presidential election, Georgia is once again the hotspot of American news. By November 2020, voters in Martin Luther King’s home state had created a surprise. Although they hadn’t picked a Democrat in over twenty years, they had voted for Joe Biden this time. He had beaten Donald Trump by 11,779 votes. The outgoing president had tried to overturn the result by putting pressure on local officials: “Go your way, get me 12,000 votes!” he had warned Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s squads. This earned him legal action.

Two new battles are taking place in Georgia today as the mid-term elections approach (midterm) of 8 November. One concerns one of the two senatorial positions [chacun des 50 Etats américains est représenté par deux sénateurs à Washington, NDLR] ; the other, the seat of the governor of the state of Georgia (3.7 million souls), whose powers are extensive in budget matters. The outcome of the senatorial elections depends on the continuation of Biden’s mandate. With just 50 out of 100 senators in Congress, Democrats can’t afford to lose a single seat. “However, the state remains extremely polarized. The tension has never completely subsided since Trump’s defeat two years ago,” said Jennifer McCoy, a political science professor at Georgia State University.

Nothing is at stake, therefore, even if the Democratic candidate is in a favorable position. In any case, the colorful cast delights the media. Trumpeter Herschel Walker, a slightly bipolar former American football star, confronts Democrat Raphael Warnock, reverend head of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, a prestigious position once held by Martin Luther King. Thanks to a by-election, the respected clergyman became Georgia’s first black senator in January 2021. A historic event in this state, where a third of the population is African American.