GPB Midterms 2018 Coverage

Read and listen to all our Midterm Elections coverage here.

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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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The city of Stockbridge will remain intact following Tuesday night's vote against Eagle's Landing. Nearly 60 percent of voters in the proposed city voted against taking Stockbridge land to form Eagle’s Landing.


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Democratic Candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams refuses to concede when she addressed crowds of supporters in Atlanta, GA. 


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Republican candidate for Governor Brian Kemp addresses supporters but does not declare victory in front of a large crowd in Athens, GA.


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Republican Brian Kemp was reluctant to declare victory after Democrat Stacey Abrams refused to concede.


Live Coverage: 2018 Midterm Elections

Nov 7, 2018

The GPB News team is providing live updates on key races, including the race for governor, throughout the evening.

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Georgia is one of the most-watched states nationwide for the 2018 midterm elections. The state has already hit record early voting numbers, and overall turnout is expected to be historic. GPB reporters traveled across the state to talk to voters about why they chose to go to the polls. 


WATCH: GPB Election Coverage

Nov 6, 2018

GPB News is proud to provide live election-night coverage.

Join us for a special edition of Political Rewind, and then watch as Bill Nigut, his panel and GPB reporters in the field bring you updates throughout the evening.

Watch our live streams right here.

Real-Time Results: Balance Of Power

Nov 6, 2018

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Today on Political Rewind, Election Day is here. Join us for the latest updates from polling places across the state.


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First-time voters have shown up in record numbers in this midterm election. A national poll shows Georgia voter turnout is up 476 percent among 18 to 29-year-olds. 


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No matter who she or he is, Georgia's next governor will have the power to reshape the state's politics — literally. In 2021, state legislators will redraw their own respective districts, as well as Georgia's congressional districts, based on data from the 2020 census. The next governor gets to approve or veto those new maps. 


Left, Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Atlanta. Right, President Donald Trump campaigns for Brian Kemp in Macon.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a contentious battle for governor is ending with the most bitter recriminations yet. 


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The last days of the governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have been rocked by allegations made by the secretary of state’s office that the state Democratic Party attempted to break into Georgia voter rolls. 


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Nearly 2.1 million Georgians have cast ballots during early voting. The previous early voting turnout record in a midterm election was 945,507, officials said.

 

Polls show the governor’s race is tight, and a third-party candidate could get enough votes to force a runoff. 

 

GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been covering the election. He spoke with Rickey Bevington to talk about what could happen the day after the election.  

 


 

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Seven ballot measures are currently up for vote during Georgia's midterm elections. They cover everything from victims' rights to environmental conservation, but why are they so hard to understand?

We spoke with GPB's Stephen Fowler and Zac Peskowitz, assistant professor of political science at Emory University, to learn the history behind these measures and highlight a few on the ballot in Georgia.


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President Donald Trump traveled to Georgia two days before the deadlocked in the polls race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams to be the state's next governor. 

The president chose an airport hangar in Macon left empty when Canadian company Bombardier closed up shop as the place to stump for Kemp. 

Thousands of people attended the rally. A far smaller number of them actually slept out by the hangar overnight to get a good seat. Among them was Lynn White. Like most at the rally, she said the event would have no bearing on how she was going to vote. 

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Somewhere on the road between a parking lot in Forsyth County and a sports bar in Woodstock, Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp is taking a moment to relax. Less than a week from Election Day, the current secretary of state called GPB reporter Stephen Fowler to talk about closing out his bid to hold Georgia’s top elected office. 

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Less than a week before election day, candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams had a light — by her standards — day of campaigning. The only public event saw her start the day with voters and employees at an East Atlanta Village bagel place (hers was rosemary sea salt with garlic herb spread) talking about small business growth.  

 

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“The consequences of any of us staying home really are profound, because America is at a crossroads."

That was the message from former President Barack Obama, who campaigned at a historically black college for Democrat Stacey Abrams, who could become the country’s first black female governor.

Oprah Winfrey (left) joins Stacey Abrams at a campaign rally in Decatur, while Vice President Mike Pence joins Brian Kemp at a rally in Savannah, November 1, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more than ever before, the eyes of the nation are on Georgia as the race for governor draws to a close.  President Trump, former President Obama, Vice President Mike Pence and even Oprah are rushing in to urge voters to get to the polls. 


If you've already voted early in Georgia, you might have noticed that Republican candidates are listed first on the ballot, even in races without an incumbent.  

 

During the 2016 presidential election, Georgia’s ballots also listed Republican candidates above all others.

 

Even if you've never considered it, researchers say candidate order can still have an unconscious effect on the way we vote.

 

 


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In the week leading up to Georgia’s midterm election, several high-profile visitors are in town campaigning for the two leading candidates for governor.

Thursday started with a visit from Vice President Mike Pence on behalf of Republican candidate Brian Kemp. Pence and Kemp started the day in North Georgia in Dalton before heading east to Grovetown and finishing the day in Savannah.

During his first stop, Pence attacked Kemp's opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, for saying a blue wave is coming to Georgia and it includes both documented and undocumented people.

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Over the last two months, gubernatorial candidates in Georgia have wrangled up a lot of support from out of state. 

Some of that support comes from celebrities, senators and even a former president.

Opray Winfrey campaigned for Democrat Stacey Abrams Thursday in Marietta and Decatur.

Former President Barack Obama will campaign with Abrams and other candidates on Friday. 

City Hall in Savannah, Georgia is an early 1900s Renaissance Revival building with a 70-foot gold leaf dome.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we are live in Savannah Georgia recording with an audience of enthusiastic voters. We talk coastal and statewide issues with just a week to go until the 2018 Midterm Election.


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The second and final gubernatorial debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams, Republican Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday has been canceled. 

The debate, hosted by WSB-TV was set to air less than 48 hours before polls opened on Election Day. 

WSB announced the cancellation of the debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday because the candidates could not agree on a modified time and date after Kemp pulled out of the original time.

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Healthcare is top of mind for many voters in the midterm election. GPB's Emily Jones talked with Andy Miller of Georgia Health News about how it factors into the Georgia governor's race.


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A big shift in how Georgians vote is shaping up in this election year. 

 

Georgia is headed into the last of three weeks of early voting before election day on Nov. 6. According to the independent vote tracking site Georgia Votes, vote totals in the first two weeks of early voting have already surpassed all early votes cast in the last midterm election in 2014.  

 

 

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President Donald Trump is visiting Middle Georgia Sunday as part of a larger effort to secure Republican victories in close midterm elections. 

He will join Republican Secretary of State and gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp in Macon Sunday afternoon in hopes of defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams on Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

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