'Our voting system isn't rigged -- it's jerry rigged'

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We told you last night of Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson’s effort to wrap up his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate. The Cobb County event attracted a goodly number of state lawmakers, including state Rep. Sam Teasley of Marietta.

More than a few of Teasley’s colleagues with access to his Facebook page had seen his prayer for guidance to cope with a big decision – and thought that the young conservative might be considering a challenge to Ralston, with whom he had famously sparred two sessions ago over “religious liberty” legislation.

So we approached Teasley last night. “I’m running for re-election as vice-chairman of the [House Republican] caucus,” he said.

Case closed.

"If you want a change, how do you get it? You don’t get it by putting someone in office that’s been there forever," Walker said in an interview. "You need new people there. Because if you just have a new quarterback and keep the offensive line, you're not going to get any change."

Walker, a retired NFL running back who played in Trump’s short-lived United States Football League, has been an outspoken supporter of the businessman. He predicted a "tough and close" vote in Georgia and across the nation, and said his critics who label him a bigot are blowing his comments out of proportion.

"I’ve heard this over and over again – he’s a racist. It’s crap. Donald Trump is not a racist. He’s said some stupid things, but everyone does," he said. "I've said since the 1980s that Donald Trump loves America. I made that statement because I saw what he was doing. He will fight for the country. He will work. He will get his hands dirty."

He said he had no hard feelings for Hillary Clinton - indeed, some of his relatives are voting for her - but he had this message for voters: "His opponent is an incredible women. She’s tough. But we need a change."

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"What bothers me is that Mr. Trump has now run a national campaign that has emboldened these racists and bigots," Lewis said, as the video cut to African-Americans getting physically harassed at Trump rallies.

The Democrat's closing argument was an oft-quoted line reminiscent of past civil rights fights: "I want everyone, especially young people, to know that all it takes for evil to grow is the indifference of good people."

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Perdue also took time to expand on his stance regarding the Supreme Court vacancy, which was first reported by your Insiders over the weekend. Via Politico:

The news site also reported that Perdue disagrees with Isakson’s prediction that President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland would be confirmed before January if Clinton wins today.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...
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