We’ll be seeing several more Democrats become Republicans in the next few weeks. I don’t have all the details and it isn’t much new. I’ve heard that it will not be Channel, but that Royal is most likely along with a couple of others.
Interestingly, I’ve heard that Robert Ray, despite a lot of pressure, intends to remain a Zell Miller Democrat. The GOP will be drumming up some opposition for him, but fully expects Ray will win again, should he choose to run again. The opposition will, at best, be nominal. In fact, while Jay Walker has been circulated as a contender, the thinking is that the GOP will let Meg Nichols go for it, if she is so inclined, on the assumption that Robert Ray will beat her and Walker can be saved for later.