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Georgia isn't going to turn blue this year, that much is pretty certain.

But one of these upcoming elections it might very well be the next North Carolina -- an otherwise red state with a very large urban area that makes it competitive.

That's one of the reasons why President Obama ought to make a stop in Atlanta before the election.

But there are two others, as you can check out below the orange thing.

1. Early voting is under way in Georgia. A presidential visit would be a good way to highlight this very important -- in fact, vital -- aspect of the national campaign.

Boosting early voting totals in a place like Georgia would reverberate elsewhere. If Democratic voters in Atlanta -- in a state that will likely vote for Romney -- are fired up enough to go to the polls early, then what excuse does everyone else have?

2. It's a symbolic gesture that boosts confidence in the base -- and God knows the base needs to be constantly reassured. It says this -- we are so certain of victory in Ohio that we can take a day away from there to go to Atlanta.

And seriously -- is anything going to be changed in Ohio if Obama spends one less day there? A Georgia visit would likely get much more news coverage than yet another Ohio rally.

It's not the same thing as Bush campaigning in California at the end of the 2000 campaign. That was atmospherics orchestrated by Karl Rove -- and rather transparent at that. A Georgia visit would be with the express purpose of boosting early voting.


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