Political Rewind: Georgia's role in Judge Jackson's historic confirmation; Latest on big ad spending
Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of political science and director, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University
Dr. Charles Bullock — Professor of political science, University of Georgia
Rick Dent — Vice president, Matrix Communications
1. Georgia's role in the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court.
- On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 53 to 47 to confirm Jackson to the highest court in the country.
- Jackson is the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
- Georgia's elected Democratic officials highlighted the role Georgia voters played in the confirmation.
- Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff helped provide the votes needed for the confirmation.
- The confirmation hearings were marked by pointed accusations from Republican senators.
2. New polling reveals support for candidates vying for the governor's race.
- Despite Gov. Brian Kemp being ahead in polls, the incumbent only had 43% of likely voters.
- Challenger David Perdue is polling much lower, but he still has a chance to make up the difference in the lead-up to the May 24 primary.
- In the race for Senate, Republican challenger Herschel Walker was favored in both the GOP primary and the general election against Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
- Warnock saw 45% support to Walker's 49, according to a poll of more than a thousand Georgians.
3. Millions are being spent as the primary approaches in May.
- Democrats have spent $54 million for Warnock's reelection campaign.
- Walker has so far spent less than 5% of Warnock's total spending.
Monday on Political Rewind:
Professors Fred Smith and Audrey Haynes join our panel.