Delegating Denver #13 of 56: Georgia

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Total Number of Delegates: 104 Pledged: 87 Unpledged: 17

How to Recognize a Georgia Delegate: Everyone hates Georgia, and they always have. That's why Gone With the Wind has been America's all-time favorite movie. It tells the story of General Sherman’s attempt to burn the state to the ground, a fantasy that is still shared by anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting a Georgia resident. Georgians have all the personality of a high-school security guard. All strangers are suspects, and all rules are made to be enforced — or, better yet, created on the spot. Questioning a Georgian's authority will only be met with hoots of derision. To find a Georgian at the 2008 Denver Democratic National Convention, just look for the delegates who are demanding arcane new procedures and laughing at those who ask why.

Famous Georgians: Comedians David Cross and Jeff Foxworthy; musicians Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Brenda Lee, Amy Grant, Gnarls Barkley and Michael Stipe; B-52's Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson and Keith Strickland; Black Crowes Chris and Rich Robinson; Indigo Girl Amy Ray; OutKasts Andre 3000 and Big Boi; actors Chris Tucker, Holly Hunter, Kim Basinger and Dakota Fanning; director Spike Lee, CNN blowhard Nancy Grace, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; writer Alice Walker; cartoonist Walt Kelly; Hulk Hogan; Evander Holyfield; Ty Cobb; Jackie Robinson; Sugar Ray Robinson; Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low

Famous Georgia Democrats: 39th president Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Sam Nunn, Zell Miller, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Cynthia McKinney and Hank Johnson (who is, along with Representative Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, one of the first two Buddhists to serve in the U.S. Congress)

Famous Georgians With Denver and Colorado Connections: Colorado Explorer John C. Fremont, Gold Rushers Soapy Smith, William Green Russell, John H. Gregory and Lewis Ralston, former Broncos coach Dan Reeves, Denver Bronco Champ Bailey, Bighorn think tank-er Rutt Bridges, odd couple JonBenét Ramsey and John Mark Karr

State Nickname: The Empire State of the South, the Peach State (official); the Goober State, the Cracker State (unofficial) Population: 9,363,941 Racial Distribution: 60% white, 30% black, 2.7% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 7% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $29,442 Unemployment: 5%