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Podcast: Andra Gillespie on Georgia’s Senate runoffs

In an extended conversation, the Atlanta based political scientist outlines why the traditionally Republican state is entering a period of heavy contestation.

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Mary Fitzgerald
3 January 2021, 3.26am
Republican supporters watch returns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler in Atlanta, Georgia, 3 November 2020
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Andra Gillespie is a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta.

openDemocracy’s editor in chief Mary Fitzgerald spoke with Andra for the recent ourVoices documentary episode on the Georgia Senate runoff races.

Their extended conversation dives into the political history of Georgia and why it is suddenly competitive after Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1992.

Listen to the interview below – as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Soundcloud.

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