GPB Midterms 2018 Coverage

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Left Republican Brad Raffensperger won the runoff race for Secretary of State. Right Republican Incumbent Chuck Eaton retained his seaton on the Public Service Commission.
Brad Raffensperger Campaign, Georgia Public Service Commission

On this edition of Political Rewind, voting has ended for the 2018 runoffs and Republicans have declared victory in the secretary of state and Public Service Commissioner races. 


The deadline to register to vote in Georgia is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
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12:21 p.m. Republican Brad Raffensperger will be Georgia's next secretary of state and Republican Chuck Eaton will be serving another term on the Public Service Commission. 

Democrat John Barrow, the party's nominee for secretary of state, sent an email to supporters Wednesday thanking them. "Though the outcome was not what we had wanted, what we're working for is more important than ever: elections that are as fair and as accurate as they are secure," Barrow wrote. 

Democrat Lindy Miller, the party's nominee for Public Service Commission, District 3, made her concession at a noon press conference, mentioning the increased attention the race for Districts 3 and 5 brought to the regulatory body. "Traditionally, the Public Service Commission flies under the radar," Miller said. "In the last 18 months, we have changed that."  

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Tuesday is again Election Day in Georgia with runoffs for secretary of state and a spot on the Public Service Commission. Voters will choose between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensberger for Brian Kemp's replacement as secretary of state and between Republican Chuck Eaton, the incumbent, and Democrat Lindy Miller for the Public Service Commission's third district. 


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The end of the in-person early voting period for the Dec. 4 runoff election saw a decrease in turnout from the Nov. 6 general election. 

According to data from the secretary of state's office, more than 400,000 Georgians cast their ballot by mail or in person ahead of Tuesday's race. 

That's significantly lower than the 2.1 million that voted early in November's contest. 

The deadline for counties to receive and count absentee ballots in Tuesday's runoff election has been extended.

Interim Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden entered a proposed settlement this afternoon that would instruct counties to allow mail-in ballots to be counted as long as they are received by Friday, Dec. 7 and are postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 4.

A Thursday lawsuit from the Democratic Party of Georgia alleged close to half of the state's 159 counties did not send out absentee ballots to those who requested them until this week.

Georgians with limited English proficiency will now have greater access to interpreters while voting. In a court settlement Thursday, a federal judge approved an order that invalidates part of a Georgia law that limits assistance for voters to immediate family, caretakers or people who live in the same voting precinct. 

The Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates were held Nov. 2 for Public Service Commission District 3 and Secretary of State.
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Georgians turned out to vote in record numbers on Nov. 6. But two important offices remain undecided. Races for the Public Service Commission District 3 and the secretary of state will be determined next Tuesday.

GPB's Stephen Fowler talks with Atlanta "All Things Considered" anchor Rickey Bevington about the Atlanta Press Club Debates for those races.


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Two voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday pushing for election reform across Georgia.


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Public Service Commission District 3 candidates Chuck Eaton and Lindy Miller have been invited to the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series debate at Georgia Public Broadcasting 10 a.m. Tuesday.

GPB Atlanta "All Things Considered" host Rickey Bevington will moderate the debate.

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The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host the General Election Runoff debate for secretary of state at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

GPB Atlanta "All Things Considered" host Rickey Bevington will moderate the debate.

Three Georgia voters and a Colorado-based non-profit voting rights group are suing to force a new election for the state’s second-highest office.

Friday night, the Coalition for Good Governance said the large drop-off in vote totals from the Governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp and the Lt. Governor’s race between Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico and Republican Geoff Duncan were “a likely result of touchscreen voting system malfunctions.”

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Whether you voted in the Midterm Elections or not, registered voters are eligible to vote in the Dec. 4 runoff for the office of secretary of state and the District 3 seat for the Public Safety Commission.

Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow face off to fill the seat vacated by Brain Kemp, who won the hard-fought contest for the governorship against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

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Governor-elect Brian Kemp announced members and priorities of his transition team Monday.

About 40 businessmen and women, politicians, and religious leaders make up Kemp's "Georgians First" team.


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As governor-elect Brian Kemp was announcing a team that will lead his transition into the governor’s mansion, his opponent Democrat Stacey Abrams was in the middle of her own transition of sorts. 

During an impassioned speech Friday evening, titled “I Will Not Concede,” Abrams acknowledged Kemp would become governor-elect of Georgia but refused to offer concession in a bitter, tight race that saw an increase in turnout and an increase in problems reported at the polls.  

 

 

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Democrat Stacey Abrams has ended her campaign to be the governor of Georgia.

Flanked by supporters and staff at her campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Abrams said there was “no further viable remedy” to continue the fight for a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp.

A glimpse at the teleprompter on the floor showed her speech was called “I Will Not Concede,” and Abrams, who would have been the country's first black female governor, said this was not meant to be a speech of concession.

While a federal court ruling means the official date to certify Georgia's elections is Friday, counties are already preparing for the Dec. 4 runoff. 

People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge delays the certification of ballots until the end of the week. Our panel takes a look at what factors led to this decision and the impact if could have of the race for governor and tight congressional contests.


Brian Kemp speaks to supporters at an election night watch party in Athens.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the election certification deadline looms both campaigns continue feuding six days after the polls closed. Democrats say they still have a shot at winning the governor’s mansion and the 7th District Congressional seat.


Left Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party. Right, Brian Kemp speaks to supporters Wednesday.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp proclaims victory in the governor’s race, but Stacey Abrams is insisting missing ballots make his claim premature. Our panel weighs in on what to make of the dueling scenarios.


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UPDATED Nov. 8: A runoff for secretary of state has been called for Dec. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY: In the race to replace Brian Kemp as secretary of state, no candidate received enough votes to declare victory. As final votes continue to be counted, Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow appear to be headed for a runoff. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting results Raffensperger, a state representative, leads Barrow by just over 28,000 votes. The lead is not enough, however, to put Raffensperger over the top.

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Republican Brian Kemp resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state Thursday.

Gov. Nathan Deal said he has accepted the resignation and will name Robyn Crittenden, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, as the interim secretary.

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Karen Handel's campaign Thursday morning conceded defeat in the 6th District race.

"After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday," a statement said.

The district covers parts of Cobb, Dekalb and Fulton counties.

"Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath," the statement continued, sending "only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her."

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Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp’s team declared victory in the tight race for governor during a conference call this afternoon. 

Austin Chambers is a strategist with the campaign. He says there aren’t enough remaining ballots to force a runoff.

“The takeaway is clear, this election is over, the votes have been counted and there’s a clear winner. Brian Kemp is the governor-elect in Georgia.”

Democrat Lucy McBath has declared victory over Republican incumbent Karen Handel in Georgia's 6th District, but results have yet to be certified and are still within the recount range.

The district covers parts of Cobb, Dekalb and Fulton counties.

Handel appeared to have the majority last night as ballots were tallied, but the race tightened up overnight.

According to the the secretary of state's website, McBath is leading Handel by almost 3,000 votes. 

It’s been a long, hard-fought race for Georgia governor, and it’s not over yet.  Republican Brian Kemp has not declared victory, and Democrat Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded. GPB’s Ross Terrell and Stephen Fowler stopped by “On Second Thought” to explain what’s next for this election. On Election Night, Ross was at Kemp’s watch party, and Stephen was with Abrams.


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It’s been a long, hard-fought race for Georgia governor, and it’s not over yet.  Republican Brian Kemp has not declared victory, and Democrat Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded.

GPB’s Ross Terrell and Stephen Fowler stopped by “On Second Thought” to explain what’s next for this election. On Election Night, Ross was at Kemp’s watch party, and Stephen was with Abrams. 

A record number of Georgians cast votes in the midterm elections this year. Contested races went into the early hours of the morning, and the contest for governor failed to produce an immediate winner.

GPB's Bill Nigut and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Maya Prabhu stopped by "On Second Thought" to give results and analysis of down-ballot races.

On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel breaks down the available numbers from the latest election results.


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It’s pretty easy to sound gracious in a victory speech, but it’s a bit trickier when delivering the address no candidate wants to give: the concession speech.  Be they classy or defiant, the speeches have long been a defining staple of American democracy.  In this country, winners take office and losers concede.


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