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Political Rewind: New polling a snapshot of Georgia mood on politics; Warnock outraises Walker

The Panel:

Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of political science and director, James Weldon Johnson for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University

Rene Alegria — CEO, Mundo Hispanico Digital

Patricia Murphy — Politics reporter and columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

The Breakdown:

1. New polling is a glimpse into the political opinions of Georgia's registered voters.

  • A new poll released by Quinnipiac University showed Gov. Brian Kemp with the lead over primary challenger David Perdue.
    • The poll surveyed 1702 self-described registered voters across Georgia between Jan. 19 and Jan. 24, 2022.
  • Earlier this week, a poll was conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    • It surveyed 872 registered voters in Georgia and reported a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
    • Among other things, that poll found only a third of the Georgia voters polled approved of the job President Joe Biden is doing.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Patricia Murphy said the polling is especially significant when looking at Biden's approval numbers over time.

2. Conservative movement to ban books and materials in Georgia schools has momentum. 

Another measure aims to bar the teaching of "critical race theory," which has become a stand-in term among conservatives for conversations about race and American history in education.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Patricia Murphy said society has an obligation to teach history to its young people.

3. Herschel Walker's challenge to Sen. Raphael Warnock.


 

4. Justice Breyer announced retirement, paving way for a Biden Supreme Court appointment.

  • Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who served nearly three decades on the high court, announced his retirement on Thursday.
  • The announcement paves the way for President Joe Biden to make a consequential nomination to the Supreme Court.
    • Biden said he would name a nominee by the end of February, and that his pick would be a Black woman.

Tonight: Watch Political Rewind with Bill Nigut tonight at 7 p.m. on GPB-TV.

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Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.
Sam joined the Political Rewind team in 2019. He graduated American University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and spent time in North Carolina as a reporter at WCHL in Chapel Hill.
Natalie Mendenhall