Why Donald Trump’s victory could bring sweeping change to Georgia politics

Donald Trump, the president-elect, and President Barack Obama speak to reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

Donald Trump, the president-elect, and President Barack Obama speak to reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory upends the political landscape in Georgia, could catapult several Peach State politicians to top roles in the Republican’s administration and will reshape some of the state’s top policy divides.

The New York businessman’s victory effectively short-circuits a debate in Georgia over whether to expand Medicaid, as Trump and a Republican-held Congress have vowed to undo much of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Several of Trump’s high-profile Georgia allies are on lists of potential Cabinet appointees circulating in Washington, and his picks could set off a political chain reaction here. Other Trump supporters could see their power and influence in the halls of Congress or the statehouse rise sharply.

Shell-shocked Democrats are left soul-searching after another harrowing election loss in Georgia, which has now voted for the Republican presidential nominee in the past six elections. Even as metro Atlanta turns a shade bluer, much of the rest of the state remains a bright crimson.

Georgia Republicans have their own problems. With little funding from the Clinton campaign, Democrats flipped three metro Atlanta counties long held by the GOP: Cobb, Gwinnett and Henry. The transformation of Cobb, a Republican stronghold, was particularly gut-wrenching for conservatives.

Read more here: How Trump’s victory sends shockwaves through Georgia politics

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