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Greg Bluestein

Trump Country: A closer look at the Republican’s Georgia stronghold

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Pearson, Ga. – They lament the struggling economy, the overburdened local schools, the distrust in Washington and the sense that Hispanic immigrants are threatening American values.

Delane Mullis owns a tire store on Atkinson County’s main drag. He put a voice to the unrest about the rising Latino population. "They come here for farming, but they don’t leave. It’s a big problem – they are taking all the jobs.”

Delane Mullis owns a tire store on Atkinson County’’s main drag. He put a voice to the unrest about the rising Latino population in the county.

The people in Atkinson County echo what many Donald Trump supporters across the state say when pressed on why they supported the billionaire political newcomer. They just echoed it more loudly.

Atkinson, one of the smallest and poorest counties in Georgia, gave Trump more than 65 percent of the vote in the state’s March primary. It was Trump’s biggest margin of victory in the state, and it’s a fact that Atkinson residents wear with honor.

Read more about the two Georgia counties that could hold clues to November’s presidential race here.