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Wednesday June 19th, 2019 5:13AM

Early-voting states are focus for Democrats in 2020 contest; Warren stops in Georgia

By The Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidates are courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary as the busy pace of campaigning over the holiday weekend shows that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway.

The brisk pace of the candidates' stops Sunday in New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada points to the up-for-grabs state of the race in its early stages. And Congress' Presidents Day recess gives the senators already running some extra time to promote their agendas.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is continuing his swing through New Hampshire. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to visit Iowa. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts plans to be in Nevada, the first Western state to vote in the primary.  

Though Georgia's presidential primary date has not been set, Warren visited the Atlanta area on Saturday, stopping in Gwinnett County.  Gwinnett, until recent elections, had been a Republican stronghold but the county was in the Hillary Clinton column in the 2016 presidential election.  Fifty-one percent of the vote went to Clinton, 45 percent to Donald Trump.   Gwinnett also sided with Democrat Stacy Abrams in last year's gubernatorial election,   Abrams got 56percent of the vote to 42 percent for Republican, and eventual winner, Brian Kemp.

Meanwhile, the head of the Georgia Republican Party, John Watson, issued a statement Saturday afternoon, declaring "(Warren's) delusional perception of voters in Georgia make it clear that her time was wasted." 

Watson added, "Elizabeth Warren's actions and her support of dangerous policies show just how disconnected she is from our state." 

(AccessWDUN's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)

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