Credit: Riley Bunch, GPB News
Political Rewind: Qualifying week brings new challengers; Following the ad money; Spaceport vote
Emma Hurt — Reporter, Axios Atlanta
Leroy Chapman — Managing editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rick Dent— Vice president, Matrix Communications
Tamar Hallerman— Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1. Qualifying races put big races on the national stage, while new candidates emerge.
- The qualifying period for Georgia candidates seeking to run for office is this week.
- Candidates have until noon Friday to file the necessary paperwork at the state Capitol.
- In statewide races, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp and challenger David Perdue are set to qualify.
- U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and his challenger Herschel Walker qualified on Monday.
- U.S. Reps. Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux face off in the 7th District.
- Long-time U.S. Rep. David Scott faces a new challenger from progressive Vincent Fort.
- In 2020, Scott narrowly avoided a runoff against Keisha Waites in a close primary.
2. While qualifying is just beginning, candidates have already spent millions on political ads this cycle.
- $14.1 million has been spent on ads so far, according to media analyst Rick Dent.
- He said Kemp has a 5-to-1 advantage to Perdue in ad spending, at the moment.
- Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight spent more than $6 million in challenging Kemp so far.
3. Voters will weigh in on a decades-long debate to put a spaceport in Camden County.
- Residents forced a referendum after a petition campaign and a lawsuit.
- More than 2,000 people have already voted on the matter.
- Opponents raise environmental concerns about rockets launching over Cumberland Island National Seashore.
4. More updates from under the Gold Dome about bills on the floor.
- There is a bipartisan push surrounding HB 1354, the "Wrongful Conviction Compensation Act," which would streamline the process for the falsely imprisoned.
- The Senate passed SB 354 on Friday.
- The bill would ban any state or local agency, government or school from requiring anyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Tomorrow on Political Rewind:
GPB News' Riley Bunch and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein join the panel.