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Biden sees a $35 price cap for insulin as a pivotal campaign issue. It’s not that clear-cut

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Biden sees a $35 price cap for insulin as a pivotal campaign issue. It’s not that clear-cut
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Biden sees a $35 price cap for insulin as a pivotal campaign issue. It’s not that clear-cut

2024-04-21 19:41 Last Updated At:20:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely a day goes without President Joe Biden mentioning insulin prices.

He promotes a $35 price cap for the medication for Americans on Medicare — in White House speeches, campaign stops and even at non-health care events around the country. His reelection team has flooded swing-state airwaves with ads mentioning it, in English and Spanish.

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FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Scranton, Pa., April 16, 2024. Rarely a day goes without Biden mentioning insulin prices, constantly touting a $35 insulin price cap for Americans with diabetes who are on Medicare. But many people benefiting from the price cap were already paying far less than that for insulin. Others were already Biden supporters. That raises questions about how whether the issue can be as effective as the president believes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely a day goes without President Joe Biden mentioning insulin prices.

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

All that would seemingly add up to a sweeping political and economic impact. The reality is more complicated.

As his campaign tries to emphasize what it sees as an advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Biden often overstates what those people who are eligible for the price cap once paid for insulin. It’s also not clear whether the number of Americans being helped will be enough to help sway November’s election, even in the most closely contested states that could come down to a few thousand votes.

“It is about political signaling in a campaign much more than it is about demonstrating for people that they benefit from the insulin cap,” said Drew Altman, president and CEO of KFF, a nonprofit that researches health care issues. “It is a way to make concrete the fact that you are the health care candidate.”

Many who are benefiting from the price cap were already getting insulin at reduced prices, were already Biden supporters, or both. Others who need reduced-price insulin, meanwhile, cannot get it because they do not have Medicare or private health insurance.

Biden’s campaign is emphasizing the president's successful efforts to reduce insulin prices and contrasting that with Trump, who first ran for president promising to lower drug prices but took limited action in office.

“It’s a powerful and tangible contrast,” said Biden campaign spokesman Charles Lutvak. “And it’s one we are campaigning on early, aggressively, and across our coalition.”

Roughly 8.4 million people in the United States control their blood sugar levels with insulin, and more than 1 million have Type 1 diabetes and could die without regular access to it. The White House says nearly 4 million older people qualify for the new, lower price.

The price cap for Medicare recipients was part of the Inflation Reduction Act, which originally sought to cap insulin at $35 for all those with health insurance. When it passed in 2022, it was scaled back by congressional Republicans to apply only to older adults.

The Biden administration has also announced agreements with drugmakers Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly, to cap insulin co-payments at $35 for those with private insurance. They account for more than 90% of the U.S. insulin market.

But Biden says constantly that many people used to pay up to $400 monthly, which is an overstatement. A Department of Health and Human Services study released in December 2022 found that people with diabetes who were enrolled in Medicare or had private insurance paid an average of $452 annually, not monthly.

The high prices the president cites mostly affected people without health insurance. But the rates of the uninsured have fallen to record lows because of the Obama administration’s signature health care law and the Biden White House’s aggressive efforts to ensure those eligible to enroll are doing so more frequently.

So, in effect, one of the administration’s policy initiatives is undermining the economic argument for another.

That effort has not reached everyone, though.

Yanet Martinez who lives in Phoenix and supports Biden. She does not work or have health insurance, but gets insulin for around $16 per month thanks to steep discounts at her local clinic.

The lower prices only apply if her husband, a landscaper, does not make enough to exceed the monthly income limit. If he does, her insulin can jump to $500-plus, she said.

“I’ve heard people talk about the price of insulin going down. I’ve not seen it,” said Martinez, 42. “It should be uniform. There are a lot of people who don’t have any way to afford it and it makes things very difficult.”

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is sponsoring bipartisan legislation to make the $35 insulin cap universal, even for people without health insurance. In the meantime, he said, what's been accomplished with Medicare recipients and drugmakers agreeing to reduce their prices is "literally saving lives and saving people money.”

“This is good policy because it centers the people rather than the politics," Warnock said. He said that as he travels Georgia, a pivotal swing state in November, people say “thank you for doing this for me, or for someone in my family.”

That includes people like Tommy Marshall, a 56-year-old financial services consultant in Atlanta, who has health insurance. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 45 and injects fast-acting insulin several times daily. He paid about $250 for four weeks to eight weeks worth of medication last November, but saw the price fall by half in February, after Novo Nordisk agreed to cut prices.

“If I was his political consultant, I’d be telling (Biden) to talk about it constantly," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat and longtime public advocate for cutting insulin prices, including for the advocacy group Protect Our Care Georgia.

Marshall said the price caps “have meaningful emotional resonance” and could sway a close election but also conceded, “You’re talking about 18- to 65-year-olds. I can just imagine there’s probably two or three other issues that are in front of this one.”

“Maybe someone sort of on-the-fence, he added “this could maybe sway them.”

Geoff Garin, a pollster for Biden's reelection campaign, said the insulin cap is one of the president's highest performing issues. He said the data was “clear, consistent and overwhelming.”

Rich Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, which has endorsed Biden, called the insulin cap a strong issue for the president among older voters.

“For the persuadables — and there are some still out there, believe it or not — drug costs are a very important factor,” said Fiesta, whose group has 4.4-million members and advocates for health and economic security for older people.

Trump's campaign did not respond to questions. But Theo Merkel, senior fellow at the conservative Paragon Health Institute, countered that the insulin price cut an example of "policies written to fit the talking points other than the other way around.”

Merkel, who was a Trump White House adviser on health policy, said manufacturers that have long made insulin prefer caps on how much the insured pay because it gives them more leverage to secure higher prices from insurance companies.

The president's approval ratings on health care are among his highest on a range of issues, but still only 42% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s handling of health care while 55% disapprove, according to a February poll from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

KFF found in its own poll in December that that 59% of U.S. adults trust the Democratic Party to do a better job addressing health care affordability issues compared to 39% for Republicans, even if only 26% of respondents in the same poll said they knew about the insulin price cap.

“In political terms, the Democrats and Biden have an advantage on health care," Altman said. “They're pressing it.”

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Scranton, Pa., April 16, 2024. Rarely a day goes without Biden mentioning insulin prices, constantly touting a $35 insulin price cap for Americans with diabetes who are on Medicare. But many people benefiting from the price cap were already paying far less than that for insulin. Others were already Biden supporters. That raises questions about how whether the issue can be as effective as the president believes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Scranton, Pa., April 16, 2024. Rarely a day goes without Biden mentioning insulin prices, constantly touting a $35 insulin price cap for Americans with diabetes who are on Medicare. But many people benefiting from the price cap were already paying far less than that for insulin. Others were already Biden supporters. That raises questions about how whether the issue can be as effective as the president believes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tommy Marshall, 56, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Marshall who has type 1 diabetes, paid $251 dollars for four to eight weeks worth of medication in November. "Even if you can afford it, just paying that much for something that you know is a massive profit center for the drug company is challenging," said Marshall, a lifelong Democrat. He added of Biden, "If I was a his political consultant I'd be telling him to talk about it constantly." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Fani Willis and judge presiding over Georgia Trump election case defeat challengers

2024-05-22 09:55 Last Updated At:10:00

ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the Georgia prosecutor who brought a sprawling racketeering case against former President Donald Trump and others, has won the Democratic primary in her bid for reelection.

Willis defeated progressive attorney Christian Wise Smith in the primary election and is now set to face off against Republican Courtney Kramer in the fall. Willis told reporters after her victory that the voters sent a message that “people want a DA that is just, that treats everybody equally and that works hard, and they know that they have that in me.”

Meanwhile, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, the judge who was randomly assigned to preside over the election interference case, also fended off a challenger, winning a nonpartisan election to keep his seat.

The Trump election case and racketeering cases against well-known rappers have boosted Willis’ public profile. But on Tuesday night she touted her efforts to fight violent crime by being tough on gang members while also saying she worked to give second chances to first offenders and created programs to catch at-risk youth before they get caught up in the criminal justice system.

“The people said yes to justice. The people said yes to safety. The people said yes to integrity. The people said yes to Fani Willis," Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said to applause Tuesday night at Willis' victory party.

With her name recognition, the advantages of incumbency and a hefty fundraising haul, Willis’ victory in the primary was not terribly surprising. As she moves on to the general election, the odds would seem to be in her favor as well. Fulton County includes most of the city of Atlanta and is heavily Democratic, about 73% of its voters having cast ballots for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

But Willis was taking nothing for granted after her primary win, telling supporters, “The campaign does not end tonight. It begins tonight.”

“My opponent is completely unqualified,” she said, later adding, “But while she is inexperienced and unqualified and does not represent the values of my county, don't get confused. She is a real threat because of who backs her and how they back her.”

Willis urged her supporters to continue to back her financially, noting that there was a store selling campaign merchandise onsite during her victory party.

Kramer, who has ties to some of Trump’s most prominent allies in Georgia and has drawn campaign contributions from both the county and state Republican parties, told reporters when she qualified to run that the Trump indictment prompted her to challenge Willis. In a post on the social media platform X earlier this month, she wrote, “The future of Fulton and safety in our community should not be controlled by self-interested politicians who use their office for political law fare. It’s time for a change.”

McAfee has been on the bench since last year when Republican Gov. Brian Kemp appointed him to fill an empty seat. He has since become one of the most high-profile judges in Georgia since he was randomly assigned last year to preside over the election interference case. With the added advantages of incumbency, strong bipartisan backing from heavy hitters and an impressive fundraising haul, he was the likely favorite to win.

Willis and Smith both worked in the Fulton County district attorney’s office under then-District Attorney Paul Howard. They both challenged their former boss in the Democratic primary in 2020. Willis and Howard advanced to a runoff that she won, and she ran unopposed in the November general election that year.

Kramer ran unopposed in the Republican primary Tuesday and has already been focusing her attention on attacking Willis. A lawyer who interned in the Trump White House, she has ties to some of the former president's prominent allies in Georgia.

Kramer and her backers will undoubtedly continue to focus on what even some of Willis' closest allies have seen as a major misstep — her romantic relationship with a special prosecutor she hired for the election case. Claims by defense attorneys in the case that the romance created a conflict of interest threatened to derail the prosecution.

McAfee ultimately ruled that it did not create a conflict of interest that should disqualify Willis, but he said she could only continue the case if the special prosecutor, Nathan Wade, stepped aside. Wade promptly left the case, but a defense appeal of McAfee's ruling is now pending before the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Wade was among those gathered at an event space in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood Tuesday evening to celebrate Willis' win.

Willis obtained an indictment in August against Trump and 18 others, accusing them of participating in an alleged illegal scheme to overturn Trump's narrow loss in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Four people have pleaded guilty after reaching deals with prosecutors. Trump and the 14 others who remain have pleaded not guilty.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis celebrates winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis celebrates winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens takes a photograph with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis before she speaks and after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens takes a photograph with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis before she speaks and after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis celebrates with supporters after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis celebrates with supporters after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis arrives before she speaks after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis arrives before she speaks after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis arrives before she speaks after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis arrives before she speaks after winning re-election in the primary on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Buckhead, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

In this photo combination of file images, Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee presides in court, left, while Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, right, looks on during a hearing on the Georgia election interference case, March, 1, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photos/Alex Slitz)

In this photo combination of file images, Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee presides in court, left, while Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, right, looks on during a hearing on the Georgia election interference case, March, 1, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photos/Alex Slitz)

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