Transcript for What Georgia's changing political landscape could mean for power in US senate
quick. Appreciate y'all coming out. Reporter: It's been just days since the presidential election was called for vice president Joe Biden and senator kamala Harris. Julius Thomas and his fellow young Atlanta leaders are already strategizing. I kind of charged you all with outreach to the hood. Coming off the presidential election, moving into a runoff, are you guys tired? May be a little sleep deprived but we're hitting the ground running again. The excitement in the air of being a part of this. Especially as a young person. It's absolutely undefeating. We know this is something we cannot sit out on. Gone are the days where young people are sitting on the sidelines. We want to be in the game. Reporter: That game is perhaps the most consequential election of their lifetimes. Welcome to the peach state, home to 11 million residents. It's the cradle of the American civil rights movement. Today the future of American politics hangs in the state's balance once again. For decades, Georgia was reliably red. But this election, things officially burned purple with President-Elect Joe Biden poised to win the state. The first democratic candidate since '92. Not to mention two senate seats, once solidly Republican, are now headed for a runoff. The conventional wisdom that used to apply in Georgia is thrown out the window. The idea that Democrats can't win in this state, now that is a powerful powerful thing that I think will have a serious effect on the election. Reporter: Republican incumbents David Purdue and Kelly Leffler both failed to secure a majority of the votes for re-election. We have been through a battle, but we are not done yet. Reporter: Forcing a rematch with democratic contenders Rafael wardak and John osoff. Retirement is coming for senator Purdue. Reporter: Putting the Republicans' hold on the senate in peril. If Republicans win one or both of these seats, then they will have control of the senate. If Republicans control the senate, Joe Biden's going to have a huge challenge in getting his agenda enacted. Reporter: All this as the trump administration challenge the results of the presidential election. Georgia counties ordered to begin a hand-count audit of all ballotorrow morning. The dual races sending voters back to the polls in January. Republicans have deployed big names like senator Marco Rubio to help. This is literally, you know, the showdown of all showdowns in terms of politics and where it leads. We don't have many general election runoffs. Indeed we've had only eight of them in the past. And a Democrat has never won one of these. Reporter: But democts believe in their odds. Fighting back hard. They know what's at sake stake and they know what we're capable of. We won Georgia in 2020 and we'll again in 2021. Reporter: A gubernatorial candidate in 2018, Stacey Abrams used her platform to fund fair fight, focused on fighting voter suppression and promoting free and fair elections around Georgia and the country. Her group helped register 800,000 new voters in the state. With the help of other black women they mobilized people of color to vote. As a black man, I want to do my best to support black women and stand with them and continue to move this state forward. Reporter: Since turning 18, Julius has never missed a vote. We first met the 24-year-old a week before the election where he was working to get young people to the polls. Now he's at it again. It's hard enough to get people to the polls for a presidential election. How are you going to convince them to do it twice in a three-month span? Simil strategies, but on steroids and red bull. We're going to amplify it like we never amplified it before. Georgia is really in a great position to really be an amazing example of how this country's evolving. Reporter: Georgia's political landscape is shifting as the population diversiies with an influx of Asians and Latinos, largely concentrated in urban areas, Atlanta and its suburbs accounted for half the state's vote. That's a huge concentration of people who live in what are now largely blue counties. You get enough votes in Atlanta and you get those votes counted, Democrats can win elections in Reporter: And while communities of color generally lean blue, to many like first-generation latino-american Carlos Alfredo torres Fletcher, who goes by "Cat," it's trump's way or the highway. What compelled you to start getting involved in politics? It happens with the magic touch of Mr. Trump. When Donald Trump launches his book "The art of the deal." That was the first book that I read cover to cover. Everybody wanted to be like Donald Trump. Reporter: But cat's no anomaly. In Georgia the split between candidates amongst Latino men was almost even. He managed a Republican congressional campaign, and his candidate lost by 60 points. But cat, like trump, won't concede. I refuse to accept any of the elections. The election was not fair. What will it take for you to accept the results of this presidential election? I don't want to discuss on that matter, because now it's a legal thing. Reporter: Georgia's Republican secretary of state has repeatedly said there's no evidence of fraud or election tampering. But cat remains defiant. Growing up in Venezuela and Mexico, memories of live under socialism and political corruption have made him skeptical of free and fair elections. For me this is a day job. Beautiful things of the united States of America is to keep the elections honest. If you don't keephe election honest, and if you don't have a fair election system, okay, we're done. Reporter: For biang liau, life in her home country shaped her political views. She emigrated from China in 1999. I was 45 years old. I did not speak English at all. But I want to come to united States for the freedom and democracy. Reporter: The 66-year-old has been activating both Chinese and other asian-americans around Georgia to vote blue. Why was it important for you to activate your community to get out to the polls this November? I lived in China. I know what is under dictator, the life. And what is discriminate each other. And the China, I don't have the right to vote. And here, I have the right to vote. And I have the power. That's the reason I want to stand up. Reporter: Every morning, biang logs into her phone to send messages on wechat, a popular Chinese texting app, where she looks for new voters to register, shares information supporting democratic candidates. We need to reach out to the new voter. Reporter: Spends hours phone banking. N-americans make up 12% of gwinnett county where she lives. She says if they want politicians to care about their community, their voices need to be heard. You think it's going to be hard to get chinese-americans out for the vote, for the runoffs this January? We have to try. Because we tried first time, we had -- we have more experience how to campaign. And I believe we will get Chinese, you know, asian-americans come out to the vote. Reporter: From now until January 5th, it's all eyes on and the whole country's watching. No rest. We cannot rest. Because we say, this is the battle. This is the final battle. We need fight, fight to the end. Reporter: While some remain resistant, like cat -- My advice would be to repeat the general election immediately. Reporter: Others like Julius say there's too much at stake to give up now. This is the most important presidential election of our lifetime. This is the most important runoff of our lifetime, of my The essential nature of this election changes the future of our country, protects health care, protects access to jobs, and protects access to justice. Reporter: One way or another, he's runoffs will be decided by a new Georgia. Divided, yet diverse. Full of people just hoping to make the place they call home a little bit better. What's it like seeing the tide turn? It's amazing. To be Georgia, of all these different demographics that are coming in, and now we have more people who are being represented the ballot and who are taking place in shaping this state and shaping this cou now. That's the Georgia I want to be a part of. That's the Atlanta that I'm proud to live in. That's the country that I want our nation to continue to be.
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