Political Rewind: Tensions Rise As Georgia Senate Races Head to Runoff
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The spotlight remains focused on Georgia following the general election as two crucial Senate races head to a January runoff. Vice President Mike Pence announced he plans to visit the state to campaign for Republican Senate candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. President-elect Joe Biden signaled he is open to stumping for Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. More influential figures are expected to make appearances here in the next nine weeks in the lead up to the Jan. 5 runoff elections. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is responding to criticism from Georgia Republicans over his handling of the November election in the state. He received calls for his resignation from Loeffler and Perdue. The pair accuse him of a lack of transparency and mismanaging the state elections. Raffensperger responded by saying it’s his job to follow Georgia law and count all votes, while investigating any potential violations to voting law or procedures. Our panel included: Dr. Andra Gillespie, professor of political science and director in the James Weldon Johnson Institute on Race at Emory University; Greg Bluestein, politics reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Rep. Sam Park, State Representative (D-Lawrenceville); and Leo Smith, GOP political consultant and CEO of Engaged Futures Group.