Former Sanders adviser: Georgia’s first vote figures put Democrats “in the game”
Chuck Rocha, who served as Sen. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Biden Seeks To Prove His Skeptics Wrong Progressive Fights Get Personal On Internal Appeal Over Antitrust Bills Sanders Seeks Chance To Put His Footprint On Government MORE‘s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, said on Monday that his outlook for Democrats’ chances in two Georgia senatorial elections has been considerably more optimistic in recent weeks.
Rocha noted the Republicans’ history of increasing their share of the vote in the ballot over the general election, but said “here is the one number that really gives me hope: among people who have already voted, 115,000 people who did not participate in November showed up to vote in this runoff, and more than 50 percent of them are African-Americans.
“Will that still be enough?” Maybe not, but that puts us in the game, ”he added.
Co-host Saagar Enjeti pointed out that in 2020 the number of early votes was just as large, but was offset by a comparable increase in same-day voting by Republicans.
Rocha agreed that caution was needed, saying limiting oneself to the first few digits of the votes would mean “this thing is already over.” He admitted that much of the early voting was likely made up of Democratic voters who would have voted on election day had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic.
“The only reason we’re in the game is [because] we’re going to have that big lead with early voting, but will that be enough? It remains to be seen, ”he said.