If there’s one thing everyone can agree on is that Donald Trump has a problem with female voters. And in the wake of a recording of Trump making a series of lewd comments about women, that problem has gotten worse.
Many experts believe that Trump’s history with women could give Georgia’s electoral votes to a Democrat for the first time since Bill Clinton won the White House. And for Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, what is brewing in Atlanta, could be a harbinger of doom.
Lesley Jones, a 41 years old, has a University of Georgia bachelor’s degree, considers herself a solid Republican. Yet she walked into the Chastain Recreation Center gym in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood this week and cast her presidential ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton rather than Republican Donald Trump according to The Huffington Post.
“There’s been nothing. He’s presented me with nothing. And what he has presented me has been so offensive,” Jones said. “I’m embarrassed to be a Republican and have this nominee.”
During early voting there, sentiments like Jones’ were hardly unusual.
Another Republican woman who voted for Clinton started laughing when asked what was the matter with Trump. “I’d say just about everything,” she said, asking that her name not be used to avoid arguments with friends who still support him.
Iris Regas, 62, a Republican, called Trump “a wild man” who couldn’t be trusted with any real responsibility.
As HuffPost notes, Trump’s problems extend beyond female voters. While polls show that Trump’s support has plummeted among college-educated Republican women nationwide, he is having trouble with some of Chastain Park’s Republican men, as well.
Raymond Hill, a 69-year-old business professor at Emory University, said he voted for Romney in 2012, but went for Johnson this time. “Do I have to explain it to you?” he laughed when asked why.
“He’s a misogynist. He’s a narcissist. And he’s not a Republican,” said Republican retiree Jack Hullings, 64, now an official Clinton voter. “I’m not sure I want his hand to be the one hovering over the red button.”
Democrats have long dreamed of the time when Georgia’s electoral votes would present a serious opportunity for them. African Americans account for 32 percent of the overall population, while Latinos now make up almost 9 percent. Both groups overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates.