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Biden to campaign with Abrams in Georgia next week

Biden to campaign with Abrams in Georgia next week

Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign with Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia next week. A spokeswoman for the Abrams campaign said that Biden will stump with Abrams on Thursday, though the location of the visit is still unclear.  He’s the latest in a string of big-name Democrats to support Abrams’ November race for governor against Republican Brian Kemp.
For Brian Kemp, suit over bad loan reveals political, financial perils

For Brian Kemp, suit over bad loan reveals political, financial perils

At 9 a.m. on July 19, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp sat in his lawyer’s office in Carrollton. In just five days, the state’s Republicans would choose either Kemp or Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as their candidate for governor. The race was widely viewed as a toss-up.
Can Georgia’s electronic voting machines be trusted?

Can Georgia’s electronic voting machines be trusted?

When Georgia voters cast their ballots this fall, some will wonder whether the state’s outdated touchscreen voting machines are safe and accurate. Election officials say voters have nothing to fear, but election integrity advocates say there’s good reason to worry. Electronic voting machines could be hacked if someone got around security measures.
Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump

Handel, Woodall try to focus campaigns on themselves instead of Trump

Many Democrats want to make this year’s midterm elections a referendum on President Donald Trump, but some of the state’s GOP lawmakers are concentrating on something else entirely: themselves. Georgia’s two most-targeted Republican members of Congress have sought to neutralize their opponents’ attacks by keeping their re-election campaigns locally focused. U.S. Reps.
Abrams, Kemp both face heat in ads involving sex offenses

Abrams, Kemp both face heat in ads involving sex offenses

State Republicans are out with another ad assailing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for voting against a sex offender crackdown. The ad began airing in the Atlanta television market Wednesday night and is funded by the Georgia Republican Party. Dueling ads suggest Abrams and GOP rival Brian Kemp have been soft on sex offenders, charges both candidates deny.
Redo of Georgia House election ordered after voters cast wrong ballots

Redo of Georgia House election ordered after voters cast wrong ballots

A judge on Wednesday ordered a redo of an election for a North Georgia state House district where dozens of voters cast ballots in the wrong race. The repeat election will give state Rep. Dan Gasaway, a Republican from Homer, a second chance to retain his seat in the General Assembly after he had appeared to lose the party’s May 22 primary election by just 67 votes to Chris Erwin.
In Georgia, Republican women try to navigate Trump era

In Georgia, Republican women try to navigate Trump era

Just about every weekday after working hours are over, DeAnna Harris bolts from her real estate marketing gig to knock on doors for her other job: trying to flip a state House seat in Democratic territory.
Jimmy Carter plunges into Georgia race, underlining a Democratic shift

Jimmy Carter plunges into Georgia race, underlining a Democratic shift

Stacey Abrams had one consistent message when she joined former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday outside a rural health center in his hometown of Plains: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia will be her top priority if elected governor. But her campaign event with Carter sent another signal, too, of the shifting political winds that have swept up Democrats both nationally and locally.
Judge says Georgia elections at risk but rules against paper ballots

Judge says Georgia elections at risk but rules against paper ballots

Georgia voters will continue to use touchscreens to cast their ballots this fall, perhaps for the last time. A federal judge found a “concrete risk” that Georgia’s electronic voting system is vulnerable to tampering, but she ruled against a quick switch to paper ballots less than four weeks before early voting begins for November’s election. U.S.
New Abrams TV ad stresses record of working across the aisle

New Abrams TV ad stresses record of working across the aisle

Democrat Stacey Abrams is out with a new television ad, suggesting outside groups are distorting her record of working with state GOP leadership on key issues. “Republican groups from outside Georgia spend millions attacking Stacey Abrams. But Republicans in Georgia say that doesn’t match her record,” the ad begins.
While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader

While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader

Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show.
Federal judge rejects paper ballots for 2018 Georgia election

Federal judge rejects paper ballots for 2018 Georgia election

A federal judge ruled Monday that Georgia can continue using electronic voting machines in November’s election despite concerns they could be hacked. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg denied a request for an injunction that would have forced the state’s 6.8 million voters to switch to hand-marked paper ballots.
Georgia GOP assails Abrams for not voting on sex trafficking crackdown

Georgia GOP assails Abrams for not voting on sex trafficking crackdown

The Republican sponsor of a crackdown on sex trafficking said Democrat Stacey Abrams “deliberately avoided taking a public position” on the debate, highlighting her decision twice not to vote on the measure even though she was at the Capitol.
PAC’s new ad takes aim at Kemp’s oversight of elections

PAC’s new ad takes aim at Kemp’s oversight of elections

The gloves are coming off in Georgia’s race for governor with a new elections-centered ad that challenges the trustworthiness of Republican Brian Kemp. The ad is funded by PowerPAC Georgia, a Democratic-backed political action committee that’s supporting Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader in the Georgia House and Kemp’s opponent in the November general election.
Georgia’s black women key to Stacey Abrams’ bid for governor

Georgia’s black women key to Stacey Abrams’ bid for governor

As soon as Stacey Abrams announced she was running for governor, Marlene Taylor-Crawford knew she was going to give the Kirkwood Democrat her vote. The president of the Gwinnett County nonprofit the United Ebony Society, Taylor-Crawford sings the praises of the former House Democratic leader to anyone she comes across.
Business backlash: Why some Georgia firms face political fallout

Business backlash: Why some Georgia firms face political fallout

The founders of Monday Night Brewing sat in a boisterous beer hall to issue a mea culpa: Yes, they had allowed the brewery to hold an event for Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign. And no, they didn’t fully think that decision through.
Voter drive raised millions, but Abrams won’t say from whom

Voter drive raised millions, but Abrams won’t say from whom

Stacey Abrams’ name was nowhere to be found on statewide ballots in the 2014 elections. In Georgia’s House District 89, which she had represented since 2007, she didn’t even have an opponent. But Abrams was nonetheless directing a sprawling, well-funded campaign, one that established her as a major political figure in Georgia and beyond. Abrams raised $12.
Trump calls Deal to offer federal help with Florence nearing

Trump calls Deal to offer federal help with Florence nearing

President Donald Trump called Gov. Nathan Deal to offer federal help in case Hurricane Florence wallops the state.  The governor said in an interview that Trump called him late Wednesday to urge him to contact the White House with any requests for aid as Florence veers toward Georgia.
Federal judge weighs throwing out Georgia electronic voting machines

Federal judge weighs throwing out Georgia electronic voting machines

A federal judge said in court Wednesday she’s considering whether the threat of election hacking and foreign interference justifies replacing Georgia’s electronic voting system with paper ballots just weeks before the general election. U.S.
Gov. Nathan Deal endorses Geoff Duncan in lieutenant governor’s race

Gov. Nathan Deal endorses Geoff Duncan in lieutenant governor’s race

Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed former state Rep. Geoff Duncan in Georgia’s lieutenant governor’s race. Deal said Duncan is more than just talking points. “Geoff Duncan presents solutions, not sound bites and brings a fresh, conservative innovative approach to policy making,” the outgoing Republican governor said in a statement. “He will be a great Lt.
Incorrect Georgia voter registration forms remain in use

Incorrect Georgia voter registration forms remain in use

Georgia election officials are continuing to use inaccurate paper voter registration applications until replacement forms arrive. These outdated applications incorrectly say proof of residence is required when someone registers to vote. Under federal election law, applicants don’t have to verify their names and addresses until they vote for the first time.
Kemp ad calls Abrams too extreme for Georgia,

Kemp ad calls Abrams too extreme for Georgia,

Republicans are out with a new attack ad, calling Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, “too extreme for Georgia.” The ad — paid for by the Georgia Republican Party and approved by GOP nominee Brian Kemp — debuted Monday in the Atlanta television market.
How voting issues became a big issue in Georgia’s governor race

How voting issues became a big issue in Georgia’s governor race

From voting security to hacking to precinct closures, voting issues have become a major topic in Georgia’s campaign for governor. The candidates — Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams — sparred in 2014 over Abrams’ project to register minorities before the election.  Kemp’s office has been the target of several lawsuits.
Petition for paper ballots in Georgia denied by state board

Petition for paper ballots in Georgia denied by state board

The Georgia State Election Board voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a request to require hand-marked paper ballots in November’s election. The board’s 4-0 vote came one day before a federal judge will consider a lawsuit seeking to mandate paper ballots in the Nov. 6 general election.
Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor

Abrams’ health care plan centers on Medicaid expansion for poor

Democrat Stacey Abrams on Monday announced her plans for health care should she win the governor’s seat in Georgia, and they weren’t just to expand Medicaid. Abrams promised to explore a program to stabilize health insurance premiums, to offset some policyholders’ soaring insurance costs.
Georgia 2018: A look at the ads of the campaign for governor

Georgia 2018: A look at the ads of the campaign for governor

With polls showing a close race for Georgia Governor, the candidates will be looking to convince every voter to choose them at the ballot.  Ads on TV and online become important ways for the candidates to get their message out. But political ads have sometimes been known to stretch their case or gloss over relevant context.
Voter registration deadline approaches for Georgia election

Voter registration deadline approaches for Georgia election

There’s less than a month left to register to vote in November’s election for Georgia governor, Congress and more. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 for Georgians who want to participate in the Nov. 6 general election.
Podcast: Analyzing results of a Georgia voter poll 

Podcast: Analyzing results of a Georgia voter poll 

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. Host Greg Bluestein and The AJC's Tamar Hallerman analyze the results of a recent poll of Georgia voters and discuss what those results mean for the next two months leading up to the November election.
Ad revives complaint against Kemp in handling of massage assault case

Ad revives complaint against Kemp in handling of massage assault case

State Democrats hit the airwaves Wednesday with an attack ad accusing Brian Kemp, the GOP candidate for governor, of failing to act against a state licensee who admitted assaulting a woman during a massage. The 30-second ad is funded by the Democratic Party of Georgia and authorized by Stacey Abrams, Kemp’s rival in the November general election.
Kemp’s wife takes center stage in new ad

Kemp’s wife takes center stage in new ad

Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, launched a new television ad Tuesday aimed at softening his image as a gun-toting, “politically incorrect conservative.
Why Trump looms so large over Georgia’s vote for governor

Why Trump looms so large over Georgia’s vote for governor

President Donald Trump has already proved he can remake a Georgia primary for governor with a single tweet. But his polarizing influence also seems destined to shape the final two months of the general election between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
Capitol Recap: Analysis finds Georgia hopeful’s tax debt sets her apart

Capitol Recap: Analysis finds Georgia hopeful’s tax debt sets her apart

There’s nothing unique about Stacey Abrams having debt, even as a candidate for higher office. An analysis OZY conducted of the 56 most competitive U.S. House districts showed that roughly two-thirds of the candidates owed money to somebody, and at least 65 of those aspiring Congress dwellers carried more than $50,000 in non-mortgage debt.
DEAD EVEN: AJC/Channel 2 poll shows Georgia governor’s race is tied

DEAD EVEN: AJC/Channel 2 poll shows Georgia governor’s race is tied

The race for Georgia governor couldn’t be closer just two months before the election, as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll showed Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp deadlocked at 45 percent.
How the poll was conducted

How the poll was conducted

The AJC-SPIA Poll was conducted Aug. 26 to Sept. 4 and included a total of 1,020 likely general election voters in Georgia. Likely voters were respondents who had voted in the 2018 May primaries and/or the 2016 general election, who indicated they were currently registered to vote in Georgia, and were definitely or probably going to vote in the 2018 November election.
GOP employs familiar tactic in Georgia, tying opponents to Pelosi

GOP employs familiar tactic in Georgia, tying opponents to Pelosi

It’s been nearly eight years since Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House, but her name is still an ubiquitous slur in Georgia politics. The California Democrat was featured prominently in countless television ads during last year’s 6th Congressional District special election, which framed her as a radical liberal intent on overwhelming Georgia’s values.
Victim’s rights advocate puts $8.3 million into Georgia ballot campaign

Victim’s rights advocate puts $8.3 million into Georgia ballot campaign

George Soros isn’t the only mega-donor pouring big money into this year’s elections in Georgia. Henry Nicholas, a California billionaire who founded the semiconductor company Broadcom Corp., and his victim’s rights foundation have already put $8.
Medicaid expansion question fuels Georgia governor’s race

Medicaid expansion question fuels Georgia governor’s race

Everywhere Stacey Abrams campaigns for governor, she brings up Medicaid expansion. The question — of whether to expand Medicaid to Georgia’s poorest adults — is now 6 years old and no more advanced than it was when the state’s GOP leaders first shot it down.
With Labor Day, campaigns grow intense as Kemp, Abrams soften images

With Labor Day, campaigns grow intense as Kemp, Abrams soften images

Georgia’s race for governor will reach a new fever pitch after Labor Day, as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp scramble to seize distracted voters’ attention as summer fades and a final two-month stretch to November begins.
Voting precincts closed across Georgia since election oversight lifted

Voting precincts closed across Georgia since election oversight lifted

When a passionate crowd rallied to save polling places in rural Randolph County, it won a high-profile battle for voting access. But voters trying to preserve their local precincts are losing the war as voting locations are vanishing across Georgia. County election officials have closed 214 precincts across the state since 2012, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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