Experts available to discuss Georgia Republican primary runoff

July 21, 2014

Contact

Megan McRainey
404-727-6167
mterras@emory.edu

Merle Black, Asa G. Candler Professor of Politics and Government, and Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science, are available to discuss the Georgia Republican primary runoff election July 22 between Jack Kingston and David Purdue, as well as the Georgia Senate race in November.

Black is a renowned expert on national politics and the foremost authority on politics in the South. Gillespie is a seasoned political commentator who specializes in political mobilization and race.

According to Black, “The Republican Senate runoff appears very competitive with Jack Kingston a slight favorite because of his lifelong involvement in Republican politics in Georgia. If he is nominated, he will focus that experience against Democrat Michelle Nunn, who has never before run for any political office. But if David Perdue wins, the Senate race will feature two novice politicians.”

According to Gillespie, “All the polls suggest that Kingston is going to win. I don’t expect what happened in Mississippi to Thad Cochran to happen here. Now we get to see what kind of candidate Michelle Nunn will be and whether she’s ready for a full GOP assault. She’s tying to run a purely positive campaign. We need to know whether she can play hardball. This is going to be a street fight.”
 
Merle Black
Asa G. Candler Professor of Politics and Government
404-727-6570
merle.black@emory.edu 


Andra Gillespie
Associate Professor of Political Science
404-727-9748
andra.gillespie@emory.edu
 
Please contact Megan Terraso McRainey at 404-727-6167 or mterras@emory.edu if you have trouble reaching Black or Gillespie.