President-elect Joe Biden may have alienated a key voter demographic before the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs in Georgia by picking former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack for secretary of agriculture.
In the lead-up to the November presidential election, Biden attempted to rally support among black farmers to cut into President Donald Trump’s advantage in the rural areas of Georgia, according to Politico. While Trump handily won the state’s rural counties, Biden became the first Democrat to carry the state of Georgia in a presidential election since 1992 thanks in large part to a massive advantage in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs. However, Biden’s choice in Vilsack to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could suppress turnout among black farmers for the Georgia Senate runoffs.