Politics of the New South

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70,000 - Number of refugees that have been resettled in Georgia

9,000 - Number of refugees that have been resettled in Clarkston

1,400,000 - Number of immigrants that acquire citizenship and the right to vote each two-year election cycle

26.3 - Percentage of all voters in the 2012 election were non-whites, a record high share

"America By The Numbers with "Maria Hinojosa" returns to Clarkston, Georgia to follow unlikely candidates in the city’s 2013 local election, as three Mayoral and City Council candidates are former refugees who will be running for office — and voting — for the first time. These new American candidates were inspired to run for office after screening and participating in "America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Mainstream, USA." Will they be able to bring new voters to the polls and make their voices heard? We document this remarkable moment in Clarkston’s history.

"America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa" is a new and innovative documentary series, revealing how dramatic changes in the country’s demographics are playing out in mainstream USA.