2020 Campaign

Democratic presidential candidates resume their debate Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.
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Which Democratic candidates for president are getting the most endorsements from Georgia elected officials and politicians?  

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated throughout the campaign. 

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Sept. 12, 2019

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks at the Black Church PAC presidential candidate forum held during the Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta on August 16, 2019.
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Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and Julian Castro were in Atlanta hoping to court the votes of black religious voters.

Speaking with Pastors Leah Daughtry and Mike McBride each was questioned at the Young Leaders Conference about why the minority and religious community should trust them with their vote. 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was the first to speak at the event.


Joe Biden, left,  speaks during a presidential candidates forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Bernie Sanders, right,  participates in a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, members of Georgia’s congressional delegation respond to President Trump’s tweets urging Democratic congresswoman of color to go back where they came from.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry becomes the latest to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2020. 

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The state legislature may be in its post-session off season, but the political landscape in Georgia is far from quiet.

While the 2020 elections are over a year away, political parties are hard at work on strategies to reach Georgians who did not vote last year and maintain the energy of those who did.

Democratic Party of Georgia chair Sen. Nikema Williams and Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer sat down with GPB News to discuss their plans to emerge victorious next November.

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler sat down with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott to share what that means for Georgia voters in the coming months.

    

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The past year has been a whirlwind for state Sen. Nikema Williams.

 

In November, she was re-elected to her post in Atlanta-based Senate District 39.

 

But later that month, she and 14 others were arrested during a protest in the Capitol rotunda demanding that every vote be counted in the gubernatorial race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.

 

 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, members of the Democratic U.S. House of Representatives votes in favor to send billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to detention centers holding immigrant children under conditions described as deplorable. Will the Republican held senate go along with the effort?


In 2015, the first Republican presidential debate featured 17 candidates. The first Democratic presidential debates will feature 20 candidates.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, with the first Democratic presidential debates soon to get under way, controversies so far have plagued a small number of the crowded field of candidates. How will candidates set themselves apart and distance themselves from unfavorable headlines in hopes of coming out of the first debate unscathed? 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, racial issues continue to dominate the headlines this week as candidates aim to court African-American voters in the south.


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We have an election date: Two days after county elections officials expressed concerns about the still-to-be-decided presidential preference primary date, the secretary of state's office announced that voters will head to the polls March 24, 2020. 

That date is just before the deadline for a new voting machine vendor to fully implement a new system across the state's 159 counties.


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From former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker to former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg, big name Democrats are making a major play for Georgia in 2020 – and those are just the candidates who stopped through the state this week. GPB Political Rewind producer Robert Jimison covered the four presidential hopefuls' campaign events. He stopped by On Second Thought to share how they pitched themselves to Georgia voters.


When it comes to the 2020 elections, big name Democrats are making a major play for Georgia. Biden, Booker, Beto and Buttigieg – and those are just the candidates who are in the state this week. We hear how the visiting hopefuls pitched themselves to Georgia voters.


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Four presidential candidates traveled to Atlanta Thursday seeking endorsements, raising campaign cash and hoping to reach voters. 

Cory Booker says Georgia is a blue state. Pete Buttigieg claims that Stacey Abrams was robbed of an election. Joe Biden changes his stance on federal abortion funding. Beto O'Rourke proposes a plan to automatically register more voters. 


Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2019.
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Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Augusta during his weekend sweep through southeastern states. 

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U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke against a slew of abortion restrictions passed in states across the country Thursday at the Georgia state Capitol.

“Right now, entirely too much of the conversation about what women can do with our own bodies is being driven by a group of right-wing male politicians,” Gillibrand said, flanked by female state lawmakers, health providers and abortion rights supporters. “It’s time for that conversation to be led by the actual experts: women and doctors.”

Carolyn Meadows at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting of members in Indianapolis. Meadows was elected president of the NRA during a board meeting Monday, April 29, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats ponder their next steps in the effort to unseat David Perdue now that Stacey Abrams announces she won’t make the race.


Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during an appearance on Political Rewind.
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One day after Stacey Abrams made the announcement she would not seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year, former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson formally announced her campaign. 

Tomlinson most recently served two terms as mayor of Georgia's second-largest city and is a partner at Atlanta law firm Hall Booth Smith.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during an appearance on Political Rewind.
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Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has announced she is taking the first steps toward running for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican David Perdue in the 2020 U.S. Senate Race. 

Friday morning Tomlinson shared the news of her exploratory committee and said "together, we can take the roadmap to the Senate majority through Georgia and have a government that works for ALL Georgians and ALL Americans."

Tomlinson will be a panelist on Friday's "Political Rewind with Bill Nigut" at 2 p.m.

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California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris campaigned in Atlanta Sunday, making public stops at two historic African-American institutions in her bid to become the Democratic nominee for president.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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This weekend, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) became the latest presidential hopeful to visit the state in an effort to claim endorsements from top Democrats.

Klobuchar met privately with former President Jimmy Carter at his home in Plains on Friday. Following their lunch, she shared an image with the former president and first lady. "Got some good advice and helpful to hear about their grassroots presidential campaign (when no one thought they could win but they did!)"

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at an organizing event Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Lawrenceville, GA.
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With more than 600 days until the 2020 presidential elections, and still no date set for Georgian’s to vote in the presidential primary, the state has already seen its first campaign stop.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) held a rally in Gwinnett County Saturday laying out her plan in front of roughly 1,100 supporters.

On this edition of Political Rewind, the race for 2020 is well underway and Georgia is already a player.