‘The party tips its hat’: Democrats take debate to Atlanta hoping to woo black voters

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Choice of Atlanta is testament to power of the black vote as Democrats hope to turn solidly Republican state blue in 2020

At an open plan loft space in central Atlanta the sense of excitement among assembled Democrat voters was palpable, despite the grey sky outside.

As the city prepared to hold the fourth debate in the Democratic presidential primary, Stacey Abrams the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who last year came within 50,000 votes of becoming the first female African American governor in the US, delivered a brief address: “We know that when we can fight together, when we can stand together, when we can vote together, our nation changes,” she said as the diverse crowd applauded.

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