All three of the Democratic candidates for secretary of state who didn't make it into a runoff to be the party's nominee have fallen in line behind a single candidate. The campaign of former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler on Wednesday announced the endorsements of former Fulton County Board of Commissioners chairman John Eaves, former Milledgeville mayor and state senator Floyd Griffin, and former Cobb County Democratic Party chairman Michael Owens.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The Political Rewind team convenes for a special live 2 p.m. broadcast following Georgia's primary election. But first, we tackle the latest news out of Uvalde, Texas, after a mass shooting at an elementary school there.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has declared victory in the GOP primary nomination with about 51% of the vote, leading Trump-backed Jody Hice in a referendum over the 2020 election.
Brad Raffensperger says the Georgia and U.S. Constitutions should be amended to prohibit voting by noncitizens. The Georgia secretary of state readily acknowledges that noncitizen voting is not a problem in Georgia but is nonetheless making the issue a centerpiece of his effort to win over diehard conservatives ahead of what could be a difficult bid to clinch the GOP nomination later this month for another four year term in office.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: We discussed the big news in the Supreme Court, as leaked documents suggest it will overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, back in Georgia, the special grand jury that will weigh in on whether Donald Trump interfered in the 2020 elections has been seated.
With Georgia's elections under intense scrutiny, several Democratic hopefuls shared their plans to run things.
"Based on information currently available, the U.S. government assesses that members of Russia's forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: A federal judge in Atlanta suggests he may have to stop hearing a voting rights lawsuit after a Supreme Court decision on a Alabama redistricting case. Newly released campaign fundraising totals show Stacey Abrams and Raphael Warnock outraised their GOP rivals. And Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan has further distanced himself from Republican loyalists to former President Donald Trump.
Fulton County elections officials have fired two workers who allegedly shredded 300 paper voter registration applications and are investigating the claims.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: State election officials begin the biannual process of removing names of inactive voters from the list of registered voting rolls. State officials intend to remove voters who have died or moved to another state from the list. Critics say the process disenfranchises voters by removing Georgians who may want to vote in future elections. Plus, a new Democratic candidate enters into the race for Secretary of State.
Democratic State Rep. Bee Nguyen is running for Secretary of State with a message of increased training and improved relationships with local elections officials and opposing recent voting changes made by the Republican-controlled legislature.
The State Election Board met for the first time after SB 202 was signed into law, stripping Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger from his role as chair.
Republican Rep. Jody Hice (R-Greensboro) announced Monday he would run for Secretary of State in 2022 against incumbent Brad Raffensperger. Hice has been a leading proponent of false claims about the presidential election, even falsely claiming President Joe Biden did not win Georgia's Electoral College votes.
The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as President Biden's secretary of state on Tuesday. The vote was 78-22. As the top U.S. diplomat, Blinken will face an array of national security challenges.