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Changing Demographics Might Be Turning Georgia Into A Swing State

A new poll has Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton nearly tied in the general election. Could Georgia become a swing state?

By Ethan Weston | May 15, 2016

It's starting to look like Georgia might turn out to be a swing state in the 2016 election.

A new poll from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that both parties' presumptive nominees — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — are neck and neck. Trump has just a 4-point lead over Clinton.

Neither candidate has particularly high favorability among the opposing party, giving the state's independents — who usually lean right — more power going into the general election.

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Part of the reason that Georgia might become more purple: the growing minority population. Eighty-one percent of Georgia's population growth in the past decade is due to an increase in the minority population. 

Nationwide, minorities tend to vote Democratic, and the new poll results suggest that a surge of Democratic support from minorities is one of the factors turning the traditionally red state more blue.

Still, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Clinton would really need to motivate the minority vote to win the state. 

This could be first time Georgia goes to a Democrat since 1992 — when it went to former President Bill Clinton.

This video includes images from Getty Images and clips from Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and Hillary for America.

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