Still part of the Great Goldwater Realignment.
GEORGIA is another Southern state where the rapid growth of the electorate has so far benefited Republicans. It first hit 1 million votes in 1964, when Goldwater was the first GOP nominee to ever carry the state. Southern Democrats Carter and Clinton each briefly interrupted the Republican flow, but when Georgia hit 3 million votes, in 2004, it gave a 17-point victory to Bush II. Turnout was up again in 2008, falling just short of 4 million votes, but this time the GOP edge was down to 5 points.