Political Rewind: Emails warned fake Trump electors to act in secrecy; Impact of Black voting bloc
Chauncey Alcorn — Political reporter, Capital B
Riley Bunch — Public policy reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Stephen Fowler — Political reporter,Georgia Public Broadcasting
Tamar Hallerman — Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1. New details on Republican electors in the 2020 election.
- According to the Washington Post, a Trump campaign official asked 16 Republicans to act as electors with "complete secrecy and discretion."
- This information came to light as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis investigates the Trump campaign's involvement in the state.
2. Takeaways from runoff debates.
- Some of The Atlanta Press Club debates turned to mudslinging.
- Democratic lieutenant governor hopeful Kwanza Hall failed to appear, leaving Charlie Bailey alone on stage.
- Former Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Rep. Bee Nguyen both targeted Brad Raffensperger as they vie for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.
3. Brian Kemp's school safety plan is notably silent on guns.
- The governor spoke at an assembly of school resource officers and educators Monday, where he held a moment of silence for the victims of the Uvalde shooting and pointed to additional funding for mental health resources in schools.
- However, Kemp did not mention guns or changes to state policy.
- The AJC's Tamar Hallerman said the governor's rhetoric was, "in line with what we've seen from other Republicans."
4. Black candidates of both parties seek a growing Black electorate.
- Capital B's Chauncey Alcorn noted that Black Georgians make up 32% of the state's population and 29% of its voters. However, only two Black candidates have won statewide elections.
- As GPB's Stephen Fowler noted, more Black Republicans are running for state office.
- Fowler also notes that regardless of the election's outcome, Georgia will have a Black senator.
- According to a Capital B article, only 10% of Black voters say they'd vote for a Republican U.S. senator. This might prove troublesome for Herschel Walker's campaign.
- According to Alcorn, public backlash to an interview Killer Mike conducted with Walker might not bode well for his campaign.
Wednesday on Political Rewind:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein joins the panel.