Interview with Trey Hood III, January 22, 2019

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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M.V. (Trey) Hood III was raised in Waco, Texas. A political scientist, Hood earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, master’s degree from Baylor University, and a doctorate from Texas Tech University. He was a visiting professor of political science at Texas Tech University from 1997 until 1999 when he joined the University of Georgia’s Department of Political Science. He is co-author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South. Hood is currently Professor of Political Science and Director of the SPIA Survey Research Center.

Hood discusses the UGA School of Public and International Affair’s Survey Research Center’s polling practices and results for the 2018 midterm elections in Georgia. He talks about the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary before turning to the Democratic contest between House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and state Rep. Stacey Evans. Hood talks about the primary elections for down-ballot, statewide races. He analyzes the 2018 gubernatorial general election between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. Hood assesses current electoral trends, including growing Democratic strength in the Metro Atlanta suburbs and Republican appeal in rural and exurban Georgia. He offers his thoughts on continuing Republican advantages in runoff elections, the state of the Democratic and Republican Party in Georgia, and the impact of voting dynamics like early voting and alleged voter suppression. The interview closes with Hood looking ahead to the Kemp administration, 2019 legislative session, and 2020 presidential election.






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M.V. (Trey) Hood III and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Trey Hood III, January 22, 2019,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed February 26, 2021,