Georgia 180

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We have broken down every state legislative district to see performance across the 5 federal elections in the 2020 cycle. You can explore by State Senate and State House below.

Why This? Why Now?

In 2020 and 2021, all eyes were on Georgia as the Peach State handed narrow victories to President Joe Biden and Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

What’s the next step for the Peach State? Electing more Democrats to the state legislature and to statewide office. And, we can do it, but only if we make the most of the opportunities to grow the progressive base.

Today, despite record spending and historic turnout, control of the Georgia state legislature remains solidly in Republican control. In 2020, while Georgia Democrats won federal races for President and both Senate seats, they picked up only 2 seats in the state house and 1 seat in the state senate.

Partisan gerrymandering helped the Georgia GOP protect incumbents in the state legislature, that’s only part of the story.

A detailed, precinct-level analysis of each legislative district revealed 13 districts that were won by Biden, Warnock or Ossoff, but not by the Democratic candidate for the State House or Senate.

Each of these districts represents an opportunity for Democrats in 2022, and each is a likely target for Republicans as they redraw district lines this year and seek to improve their chances of holding their majorities in the state legislature.


Who We Are

Tharon Johnson — Founder & CEO, Paramount Consulting Group, LLC

Tharon Johnson has advised elected officials including President Barack Obama, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Congressman John Lewis, Congressman John Barrow, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond.

As the National Southern Regional Director for the 2012 Obama For America campaign, Tharon led the presidential re-election campaign effort for 11 Southern states -- including Florida and North Carolina -- two key battleground states. Mr. Johnson also served as Senior Advisor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Following his time in government, he advised private sector clients on their public policy strategies as a partner at a leading government affairs firm.

Politics Magazine named Tharon as one of the “Top 10 Democrats in Georgia” and a “Campaign & Elections 2010 Rising Star.” He also received “40 Under 40” Awards from both Georgia Trend Magazine and The Atlanta Business Chronicle. Named by James Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most influential Georgians,” Mr. Johnson was the youngest and the first African American to receive The American Association of Political Consultants’ distinction of “Campaign Manager of the Year.”

As a regular key contributor on CNN, MSNBC, Fox 5’s “The Georgia Gang,” WSB-TV and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s "Political Rewind,” Tharon provides insights and analysis of political and policy developments.

Johnson is also a permanent contributor to WABE’s “Political Breakfast” podcast with Denis O’Hayer and is frequently quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Politico, The Hill and Roll Call.

Tharon serves on the boards for Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta Beltline Partnership, Leadership Atlanta, National Kidney Foundation and Community In Schools.

In addition to his political honors, he was honored with the “Unsung Hero Award” by his alma mater Clark Atlanta University for outstanding contributions in Arts & Sciences.

Amy Morton — Southern Majority, CEO

A political veteran with more than 20 years experience at the local, state and federal level, Amy is a strong and successful advocate for electing progressive candidates and advancing progressive issues. In 2011, she co-founded Better Georgia, where her experience in the political and nonprofit sectors helped grow the state’s largest and most effective homegrown progressive nonprofit.

Amy has deep roots in Georgia’s nonprofit community. In 1986, she became the first director for The Rainbow House in Houston County, one of Georgia’s first child advocacy centers, and has since served on the boards of directors for multiple local and state-level nonprofit organizations.

From 2009-2011, when Amy served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Georgia’s WIN List, the organization set fundraising records and bucked national trends by electing 26 of 28 endorsed women to the Georgia legislature. Her tireless determination and visionary leadership earned her the Viola Ross Napier Trailblazer Award.

In 2010, Campaign and Elections Magazine dubbed Amy “the voice of Georgia’s grassroots,” selecting her as one the 10 most influential Georgia Democrats. Amy is known for her expertise in crafting winning messages that help progressive candidates and issues win, even in challenging environments.