Closer Look: Georgia Midterm Election 2018 — Recap and Analysis

Greg Bluestein, political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Andra Gillespie, assistant professor of political science at Emory University; and Dr. Kendra King Momon, professor of politics at Oglethorpe University join us to discuss yesterday's midterm election.
Greg Bluestein, political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Andra Gillespie, assistant professor of political science at Emory University; and Dr. Kendra King Momon, professor of politics at Oglethorpe University join us to discuss yesterday's midterm election.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

Today is a special edition of “Closer Look” for a recap and analysis of Georgia’s Midterm Elections.

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how, after yesterday’s election, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp appears to hold a slight lead in the race — he’s at 50.4 percent — according to unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s website. Meanwhile, Abrams, at 49 percent, says she not conceding until all provisional and absentee votes are counted.
  • In other news, voters in Henry County voted against a referendum to make the Eagle’s Landing neighborhood its own city. The creation of the city of Eagles Landing would have involved taking a large chunk of land — and tax base — from the already existing city of Stockbridge. The referendum was the culmination of a two-year legal battle between the city of Stockbridge and backers of the cityhood movement. Voters struck down the annexation vote at 56 percent to 43 percent.
  • 3:24: After a long election night, Georgia still has a number of races that haven’t been called, including the race for the state’s next governor. We’ll talk about what we know so far, and where to go from here. We are joined by Greg Bluestein, political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Andra Gillespie, assistant professor of political science at Emory University; and Dr. Kendra King Momon, professor of politics at Oglethorpe University.
  • 41:12: Voters in Henry County voted against a referendum to make the Eagle’s Landing neighborhood its own city. The referendum was the culmination of a two-year legal battle between the city of Stockbridge and backers of the cityhood movement. We’ll hear from people on both sides of the issue to discuss the future of the community. We speak with Anthony Ford, the mayor of Stockbridge, and Vikki Consiglio, chairman of the Eagles Landing Educational Research Committee.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.