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The ‘Racist Rule’ That Georgia Dems Must Beat to Win Runoffs

Contributor: Eleanor Clift

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Georgia's last liberal Democratic senator, who narrowly lost a runoff in 1992, explains why things may be different this time.


With all eyes on Georgia to decide control of the Senate, and with it, the potential for progressive legislation, there is one person who qualifies as an oracle. Or as he puts it, “I’m the poster boy for runoffs in Georgia and Republican chicanery.”


Former Senator Wyche Fowler, an Atlanta liberal, lost his seat in 1992 when he fell just shy of the 50 percent Georgia law requires to avoid a runoff. A relic of segregation, the runoff is designed to limit the power of the Black vote. “It was a racist rule,” Fowler told the Daily Beast.


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