A federal judge has ordered Georgia's Secretary of State to extend the deadline to accept absentee ballots from military service members, their families and citizens living overseas in the event of a primary runoff election on Aug. 21.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is predicting half or more of state lawmakers around the country will have little experience after this fall’s elections. Georgia no doubt will see some new faces under the Gold Dome next year. But the turnover and loss of institutional knowledge will likely be more modest in Georgia.
Hundreds of candidates will descend on the state Capitol starting Wednesday to qualify for legislative elections. But those challenging incumbents with deep pockets face long odds. More than 100 of the state's 236 lawmakers won re-election in 2010 unopposed and only eight lost their seats.
Two members of the state’s Public Service Commission are up for election this year. The race is one of the few statewide contests on the November ballot. And it has new relevance as the PSC monitors the nation’s first nuclear expansion in 30 years.
When President Barack Obama leaves Atlanta this evening after three fundraising events, he’s likely taking hundreds of thousands of dollars with him. But winning Georgia’s votes in November might be a different story.
Georgia Republicans announced late Monday they will co-host a presidential candidate debate in Atlanta just before Georgia’s primary. If it’s a close race, the bump candidates have been getting from strong debate performances could be a big factor in who wins primaries in those states, according to political scientist Kerwin Swint.