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Galloway, 57, has been a writer and editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 33 years. He is an unrepentant child of the suburbs who played Little League ball (badly) on what is now the fourth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Galloway has witnessed every kind of political contest, from city council races to presidential contests to a failed revolution in China. In 1976, while Jimmy Carter accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on TV, it was young Galloway’s weighty task to blindly call Georgia residents to see how many were watching the John Wayne movie scheduled opposite. Quite a few, it turned out.

Responsibilities have increased since then, somewhat, to include mayors, governors and the occasional head of state. But the meanest, nastiest, most low-down campaign he’s seen ever seen remains a race for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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