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Political Rewind: Walker gains crucial national support; Va. election shows voter appetite on issues
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker gained the support of a an influential member of his party's national leadership when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his endorsement of the former University of Georgia football star turned-congressional-hopeful.
McConnell is just the latest establishment figure to endorse Walker. Sen. John Thune from South Dakota, an important figure in the Republican caucus, endorsed the Georgia Republican candidate earlier this week.
Meanwhile, what can the important Virginia gubernatorial race tell us about where voters across the country stand in 2021?
"Basically, its saying that the Virginia governor's race is nationalized and that local issues matter less," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein said. "And, frankly, we saw that in the last one or two election cycles in Georgia, where Democrats used to try to run away from the national brand and [then] they embraced it, particularly in Senate races last year."
Also, our panel discussed polling on public trust in the redistricting process. The decennial process of redrawing the state's political maps gets under way in the Georgia legislature next week. But polls show a majority of Americans do not trust the process will be handled fairly.
Dr. Kurt Young — Professor of political Science and department chair, Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Audrey Haynes — Professor of political science, University of Georgia
Dr. Alan Abramowitz — Professor emeritus of political science, Emory University
Greg Bluestein — Political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution