A Frost in Georgia: Democratic newcomer shows face ahead of Senate runoff
Congressman-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost heads to Georgia amid the state’s second round of elections.
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Georgia’s weather forecast is rainy through Election Day, but a visit from Congressman-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost may be a warm glimpse of sunshine for Dems.
Rep. Frost, 25, announced this week he would head to the battleground state a day before the run-off election to campaign for Senator Raphael Warnock, a Reverend, and the Democratic incumbent, as the final voting hours close in.
Sen. Warnock braces for the second round of an intense vote count in his race against Herschel Walker, a Republican whose campaign has ridden on the coattails of former president Donald Trump’s endorsement.
Midterm results pitted both candidates closely against one another throughout the race until projections observed a vote deficit that would break both Sen. Warnock’s and Walker’s ability to pass the majority threshold, or 50%, required by Georgia voting law.
Rep. Frost wrote on Twitter he’d be holding campaigning events at the Georgia Institute of Technology — accompanied by Sen. Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossof (D-Georgia) — in an event hosted by Students for Warnock.
A strong youth voter presence worked wonders for Sen. Warnock in November, when he gained 116,000 net positive votes from voters aged 18-29 years old, making them a crucial voting population for the incumbent Democrat.
And Rep. Frost might be Sen. Warnock’s ace.
Rep. Frost, who dominated the Florida House District 10 elections winning 59% of the vote, entered the race as an outlier with a proven record of work in political activism, defeating Republican Calvin Wimbish.
He succeeded Val Demings in her seat as she unsuccessfully vied for a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Republican Marco Rubio.
But Rep. Frost’s triumph made national headlines for his age, in addition to his progressive platform, an ever-growing movement that slowly garners strength through state races.
Although his progressive views are grown of his activism, Rep. Frost’s policy views were shaped by continued instances of mass shootings. He was compelled into activism following a 2012 mass shooting incident in Newton, Connecticut.
Rep. Frost’s growing presence in the political sphere could serve incumbent Democrats well.
Youth turnout in elections is among the leading factors for election outcomes and weighed on candidates in as many as four nationwide races — including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada — according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement.
And despite negligible representation in Congress, younger voters identified with Democratic policies that the party adopted firmly ahead of the midterms, the makings for a Senate majority in Washington and a single-digit minority in the House.
If messaging bodes well and representation is latent, Sen. Warnock could break a significant majority with an impulse from the youth vote, mimicking results from the midterms and driving him to the finish line.
And in doing so, Rep. Frost could also become the beacon for the youth vote, a segment of the population that overwhelmingly connects with Democratic policies and not necessarily politicians.
Walker, who dedicated his last remarks to questions about what pronouns are, does not have significant support on the ground and is vying for Donald Trump’s elusive base to break a majority.
If voting patterns at all similar to November, Walker may not rally sufficient votes, as many of Trump’s endorsed candidates saw losses in races across the country.
On the ground, Rep. Frost is not alone in the trenches. Former Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, also a staunch gun control advocate, spent time in Georgia in the days leading up to the run-off campaigning within Latino communities and Spanish-language voters.
“There are voters who need to be reminded there’s a special election, there are voters that find that they don’t feel connected to the political system, and you have to remind them why they have to be engaged (...) they have to be active participants in every election,” she told AL DÍA News.
Also, campaigning for Reverend Warnock is former President Barack Obama, who delivered a speech on the first week of December to energize voters.