An illustration of a poll approaching a ballot.
Credit: Sam Bermas-Dawes, GPB News

The panel:

Dr. Amy Steigerwalt — Professor of political science, Georgia State University

Dr. Alan Abramowitz — Emeritus professor of political science, Emory University

Dr. Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science and director of pre-law, Morehouse College

Jim Galloway — Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown:

1. Polling reveals fortunes of 2022 races, including incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp's high approval. Many GOP races may be headed to runoffs.

  • A new poll from by Landmark Communications and CBS 46 shows Kemp with a substantial lead in the primary and high job approval ratings.

    • The polling group found 52% of voters surveyed said they support the incumbent governor's bid for reelection.

      • Former Sen. David Perdue, Kemp's nearest challenger, saw nearly 28% support in the poll.
    • Around 10% were undecided.


2. National polling reveals a grim outlook for Democrats as Biden sees low approval numbers.

  • In a recent Quinnipiac Poll, only 33% approved of the way President Joe Biden is handling his job.

    • 54% disapproved with 13% not offering an opinion.


3. Georgia joins immigration lawsuit against the Biden administration over Trump-era immigration rule.

  • State Attorney General Chris Carr joined a lawsuit against the Biden administration's decision to lift Title 42
  • Title 42 is a policy from the Donald Trump presidency that allows the government to quickly expel immigrants to the Mexico border for public health. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said normal migration is safe in the current stage of the COVID-19 pandemic 

Dr. Alan Abramowitz said the immigration rule has little to do with concerns over COVID-19.

  • U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock criticized Biden's decision to lift Title 42 and drew criticism from immigration rights' groups.


Tomorrow on Political Rewind:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tamar Hallerman joins our panel.