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Atlanta Press Club Debates

Georgia Public Broadcasting is proud to partner with the Atlanta Press Club to present its annual political debate series.

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series provides the most comprehensive, timely and widely viewed series of political debates during every election year in Georgia.

Debate: Georgia's 3rd Congressional District

Premieres Sunday, October 23 at 5:30 PM

Debate: U.S. Senate, Georgia

Premieres Sunday, October 23 at 6 PM

Debate: Public Service Commission, District 2

Available online on October 23 at 6 PM

Republican Run-Off Debate: Georgia's 3rd Congressional District

Premieres Sunday, July 24 at 6:30 PM

2016 Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series

Latest Election 2016 News

Reporter's Notebook: What It Was Like As A Muslim To Cover The Election

Editor's note: There is language in this piece that some will find offensive. Sometime in early 2016 between a Trump rally in New Hampshire, where a burly man shouted something at me about being Muslim, and a series of particularly vitriolic tweets that included some combination of "raghead," "terrorist," "bitch" and "jihadi," I went into my editor's office and wept. I cried for the first (but not the last) time this campaign season. Through tears, I told her that if I had known my sheer existence — just the idea of being Muslim — would be a debatable issue in the 2016 election, I would never have signed up to do this job. To friends and family, I looked like a masochist. But I was too invested to quit. I was hired by NPR to cover the intersection of demographics and politics. My job required crisscrossing the country to talk to all kinds of voters. I attended rallies and town halls for nearly every candidate on both sides of the aisle, and I met people in their homes, churches and
December 7, 2016

Trump Officially Wins Michigan As Possible Recount Looms

President-elect Donald Trump has officially won Michigan's 16 electoral votes, although a recount is possible. It's the last state to officially certify its election results and comes nearly three weeks after Election Day. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified Trump as the winner on Monday. The Republican beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by just two-tenths of a percentage point, 47.6 percent to 47.4 percent. That's just 10,704 more votes than Clinton out of more than 4.5 million cast in the state and is the closest in Michigan history. Trump's victory in Michigan — the first by a Republican since 1988 — gives the president-elect 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232 electoral votes . The Electoral College vote will take place on Dec. 19. Clinton, however, maintains a more than 2 million vote advantage in the popular vote count. Green Party nominee Jill Stein received 51,463 votes in Michigan and has signaled she plans to ask the Board of State Canvassers for a recount.
November 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Popular Vote Lead Is 1.7 Million And Growing. Here's Why

Two weeks after Election Day, Hillary Clinton leads President-elect Donald Trump by 1.75 million votes . Despite Clinton's popular vote lead, Trump will move into the White House because he won the Electoral College. Clinton's margin will grow in the coming weeks — mostly because of California, where there are still more than 2 million unprocessed ballots . So why does it take California so long to count the votes? Well, for one thing, blame coffee. "Coffee stains look just like an oval mark," says Sacramento County Assistant Registrar of Voters Alice Jarboe. "So we have to remove all those coffee stains." Yes, it seems at least some Californians like to fill out their vote-by-mail ballots over breakfast. And it gets worse: jam and jelly. "We do find those on the ballot," Jarboe says. "Those gum up our vote counting machines, so we will remake those ballots." Remaking a ballot doesn't happen quickly. Two election workers pair up to copy the votes from the damaged ballot onto an
November 22, 2016

This Bellwether Has Picked The Winning Presidential Candidate Since The 1890s

For more than a hundred years, Vigo County, Indiana has consistently voted for the winning president. It chose Barack Obama twice, and then picked Donald Trump this November. In fact, the county is a remarkably accurate bellwether; it's only been wrong two times since the 1890s. Why does Vigo County almost always predict the winner? There are many hypotheses, none of which fully explain this quirky mystery of why a small region in southwest Indiana (a reliably Republican state) routinely jumps from Democrat to Republican in presidential years. For starters, the county's demographics don't provide any particularly helpful clues. "Vigo County is more white than the nation," explained Matthew Bergbower, a political science professor at Indiana State University. "The nation overall is far more diverse on Hispanics than Vigo County. On education levels, Vigo County is less educated. And, then...if you're gonna look at income, Vigo County is poorer." Rather than demographics, the answer
November 22, 2016
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