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Political Rewind: Nearly 300K Georgians cast ballots; Tuesday's debates center down-ballot races
Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Brown, @mrbrownsir, democracy reporter, Washington Post
Meg Kinnard, @MegKinnardAP, national politics reporter, Associated Press
1. Nearly 300,000 Georgians have already cast their ballot in the Peach State.
- Georgiavotes.com reports 291,740 people have already voted.
- 35% of the early turnout is of Black voters.
- Women also lead the early electorate at 53%.
2. Democrats get star power in the final push in midterms.
- Oprah Winfrey will come out and campaign with Stacey Abrams.
- Tony award-winning playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda will campaign for Sen. Raphael Warnock.
3. Abortion rights take center stage nationally, and in Georgia's attorney general debate.
- President Joe Biden vowed that if voters elect more Democratic senators and keep the House, he will send a bill to Congress to codify abortion protections into law.
- Abrams releases a new ad centering couples who have had miscarriages to highlight strict abortion.
- Abortion was a large theme in the debate for attorney general.
- Candidate and state Sen. Jen Jordan (D) said Georgia's six-week abortion ban could prosecute women.
- Incumbent Chris Carr (R) said the intent of the law is not to prosecute women.
- Libertarian Martin Cowan also shared the debate stage.
4. Secretary of State debate distinguishes the incumbent and newcomers.
- Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger debated his challengers, Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen and Libertarian Ted Metz.
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