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Richard B. Russell Jr. being sworn in by Russell Sr.

Richard B. Russell Jr. being sworn in by Russell Sr.

Richard B. Russell Sr. swears in his son, Richard B. Russell Jr., as governor in June 1931.Richard B. Russell Jr. Collection.

Dudley Mays Hughes

Dudley Mays Hughes

Dudley Mays Hughes delivers a speech from a stump. The stump speech, though not always delivered from a stump, is still a staple of American politics.Dudley Mays Hughes Collection.

Mary Hitt

Mary Hitt

Mary Hitt throws her hat into the ring as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia in 1974.Democratic Party of Georgia Records.

Max Cleland Interview

A "Reflections on Georgia Politics" interview with Max Cleland, Georgia's U.S. Senator between 1997 and 2003.ROGP 079, Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection.

Eunice Mixon with George Busbee

Eunice Mixon with George Busbee

A staple in south Georgia politics for more than thirty years, Eunice Mixon employs a grass roots campaign style to support candidates for public office. A science teacher and mother of two, she took up politics in 1974, recalling simply “I knew George Busbee and I liked him, and I wasn’t any big political guru. There was just somebody that was worthy of being governor, and I wanted to help him.”Eunice L. Mixon Papers. 

Bill Burson’s Family

Bill Burson’s Family

A candidate’s family members and friends created the foundation of a campaign. Membership in social, civic, and religious organizations also offered access to would-be constituents and potential forums for political speechmaking. Perhaps most crucial was securing the backing of small-town political power brokers—figures who could use their influence to mobilize and deliver votes in small, rural counties. Bill Burson, pictured sitting above, traveled across the state with his family in a station wagon during his 1970 state treasurer campaign.William H. (Bill) Burson Papers.

We’ve Run Out of Time!

We’ve Run Out of Time!

This 1963 cartoon by Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski references the 1963 Supreme Court decision that declared Georgia's county unit voting system unconstitutional.Atlanta Constitution, 1963, Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski Editorial Cartoons.

And the Champeen in His Division!

And the Champeen in His Division!

This 1962 cartoon by Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski comments on the election of Leroy Johnson to the Georgia legislature. The overturn of Georgia’s county unit system resulted in the creation of a predominantly Black senate district in Fulton County. Leroy Johnson, a prominent attorney and advisor to Atlanta’s civil rights movement, won the seat in 1962 and became the first African American to serve in the legislature since 1907. He was also the first African American elected to public office in the Southeast that year.

Courtesy of Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski Editorial Cartoons.

Talmadge’s Platform

Talmadge’s Platform

This political cartoon comments on Eugene Talmadge's 1936 campaign for the U.S. Senate.Georgia Ephemera Collection.

Georgia Delegation at the 1980 Democratic National Convention

Georgia Delegation at the 1980 Democratic National Convention

Members of the Georgia delegation at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City.Democratic Party of Georgia Records.

What You’All Need is Some Conservatives!

What You’All Need is Some Conservatives!

This cartoon, gifted by creator Clifford H. “Baldy” Baldowski to Senator Richard B. Russell Jr., depicts Senator Barry Goldwater talking to an old man labeled “Georgia Politics” whose hat has blown off his head. Portraits on the wall depict then Senators Richard B. Russell Jr. and Herman Talmadge with the same reaction.Atlanta Constitution, 1964, Clifford H. “Baldy” Baldowski Editorial Cartoons.

Mack Mattingly Campaigning

Mack Mattingly Campaigning

Mack Mattingly was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, defeating longtime incumbent Herman Talmadge. He became the first Republican from Georgia elected to that body since 1871.Mack F. Mattingly Papers.

Swearing in of Sonny Perdue

Swearing in of Sonny Perdue

Shut out since 1872, Georgia Republicans reclaimed the Governor’s Mansion in 2002 when State Senator Sonny Perdue, a former Democrat, upset incumbent Roy Barnes. At the time, it was unclear whether Perdue’s narrow victory was a fluke or a harbinger of future voting trends. With Perdue’s convincing reelection in 2006 as well as two successful campaigns waged by current Republican governor Nathan Deal in 2010 and 2014, the Republican Party of Georgia appears to be firmly in control of statewide elective office. Shifting demographics and other factors, though, may alter this political reality in the coming years.George Ervin (Sonny) Perdue Official Papers.

War Room

War Room

This 1971 cartoon by Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski depicts a "Special Session" of the Georgia General Assembly. Legislators are drawing lines on maps all over the room. Rolled up maps scattered on the floor are labeled "Redistricting."Atlanta Constitution, 1971, Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski Editorial Cartoons.

Campaign Volunteers

Campaign Volunteers

Volunteers supporting Bob Stephens's 1960 campaign for U.S. Congress in Stephens's campaign headquarters in Athens. Stephens served in Congress from 1961 to 1977.Robert Grier Stephens, Jr. Papers.

Janet Merritt Campaign Volunteers

Janet Merritt Campaign Volunteers

Dubbed "Merritt’s Merry Maids," this group of female volunteers was led by Merritt’s youngest daughter, Jane. They wore sashes handmade by the candidate herself and went door to door handing out cards and asking people to vote for Janet Merritt in 1964. Janet Merritt won that election and served in the Georgia House of Representatives for four terms.Janet B. Scarborough Merritt Papers.

Running Again Campaign Commercial

Running Again is a campaign commercial for Carl Sanders's 1970 bid for governor.

Cathy Cox Campiagn Kickoff

Cathy Cox Campiagn Kickoff

Cathy Cox speaks at her campaign kickoff for Georgia governor in 2006.Cathy Cox Papers.

Melba Williams

Melba Williams

Melba Williams, then a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives, walks in a 1976 Fourth of July parade.Melba R. Williams Papers.

Sanford Bishop Jr.

Sanford Bishop Jr.

U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr poses with constituents dressed in campaign gear.Sanford D. Bishop Jr. Papers.

Talmadge Speaking Before Crowd

Talmadge Speaking Before Crowd

Eugene Talmadge speaks to a crowd in 1936. Herman E. Talmadge Collection.

Zell Miller Watches the Results

Zell Miller Watches the Results

Zell Miller, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, watches news coverage on election night in 1974.Zell Miller Papers.

The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Howard H. "Bo" Callaway holding a funeral wreath in the wake of his defeat in the 1966 gubernatorial race. The sign reads, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated, Bo."Howard H. (Bo) Callaway Papers.

Maynard Jackson Victory Speech

Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first Black mayor, delivers his victory speech on election night in 1973.

Governorship Feud Rages

This January 20, 1947 Universal newsreel entitled "Governorship Feud Rages in Georgia" details the three governors controversy.

Universial Newsreels

Carl Sanders

Carl Sanders

Carl Sanders celebrates his victory in the 1962 governor's race.Carl E. Sanders Papers.