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Georgia Democrats debate future after '14 losses

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By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - If Democrats want to win statewide in Georgia, they'll need to start now by reaching out to key constituencies and dedicating more money and resources to building up a network of grassroots supporters.

That's the consensus emerging after Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter lost their respective races for U.S. Senate and governor, though a debate looms over what issues Democrats should be emphasizing and how best to convey that message to voters.

Some leading Democrats, including state party Chair DuBose Porter and Carter, point to a national climate that resulted in GOP gains nationwide this year.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thinks the state party must push core Democratic ideals as a way to reach both white and minority voters long before an election.

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