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'Georgia is the reason I'm president right now,' Biden tells backers

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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ATLANTA — President Joe Biden reminded Georgia supporters at a fundraiser at the Arthur M. Blank Foundation Saturday afternoon of just how important the state is to his reelection bid.

“If you ever doubt the power of the vote, I say come to Georgia. You are the reason I won. Georgia is the reason I’m president right now,” Biden told the gathering in Buckhead.

On the eve of his highly anticipated commencement address at Morehouse College on Sunday, Biden arrived in Atlanta a day early to hopefully calm some nerves, shake some hands, reassure Black voters and raise money.

Before rushing to Buckhead for the Blank fundraiser, Biden stopped by the iconic Mary Mac’s Tea Room to meet with voters.

“You all brung me to the dance,” Biden told the crowd. “You really made a gigantic difference. “It’s easy to forget, but I don’t forget.”

Biden won Georgia in 2020 but faces a much more difficult climate this year in his rematch against former President Donald Trump.

 

Biden has tried to rebuild the coalition of liberals, Black Georgians and more moderate voters that fueled his narrow 2020 victory, but he’s faced challenges rekindling enthusiasm.

Recent polls show Biden losing traction among Black voters, including a New York Times/Siena poll of Georgia voters recently released that showed about 20% of Black respondents are leaning toward Trump in a head-to-head matchup in November.

Morehouse students and alumni have urged school officials to rescind his invitation to speak because of Biden’s handling of the war in Gaza. Some have threatened protests.

This week, the faculty barely passed a measure to award Biden an honorary degree.

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