Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson to Resign at Year-End

August 28, 2019

Citing health issues, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia is resigning at the end of 2019.  The Republican was elected to a 3rd term in 2016. 

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint a replacement who will serve until a special election is held concurrent with the general election in November, 2020. The winner of that race will complete the final two years of Isakson's term. 

Sabato's Crystal Ball is starting this race with a Leans Republican rating, the same it has assigned to Georgia's other U.S. Senate seat - held by Republican David Purdue - which will also be contested in 2020. Of note - while these double-barrel elections are relatively infrequent, the same party usually wins both. The last split result was in South Carolina back in 1966.

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