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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Georgia

Key facts
Population: 7,353,225 (ranked 11 among states)
Governor: Roy Barnes (D)
Electoral College votes: 13
Georgia is a key swing state with unpredictable changes in opinion.

The state has a strong Democratic tradition. In 1960 John F Kennedy won a higher percentage in Georgia than in his native Massachusetts, and in 1976 and 1980 there was strong support for native son and former governor Jimmy Carter.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 3 Democrats, 8 Republican
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
But in 1992 Bill Clinton won Georgia by just 13,000 votes and then lost to Bob Dole in 1996 by 27,000 votes. Governor Roy Barnes is a Democrat, but Republicans have made big gains in recent years

Georgia, which grows more than 40% of the USA's peanuts, has a curious mix between the rural old South and the more modern new South. The home of REM and CNN, Atlanta is the fastest growing city east of the Rockies.

Voting record
1996: Dole 47%, Clinton 46%
1992: Clinton 43%, Bush 43%, Perot 13%
1988: Bush 60%, Dukakis 40%
Its hosting of the 1996 Olympics sealed its new cosmopolitan status.

Martin Luther King's birthplace, Atlanta has a strong record on urban development and race relations.

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