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Johnny Isakson Will Resign From the Senate and Stacey Abrams Will Not Run

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FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Recent public polls show Isakson has a lead on Democrats’ first-time candidate Jim Barksdale. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Citing health reasons–he just had surgery to remove a growth on a kidney–Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson announced that he would retire from the Senate at the end of this year.

Isakson’s term does not expire until 2022 but, because there is an election in 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed replacement will only serve until a new election is held.

I’m not a follower of Georgia politics but the shock to me was this:

I would have thought Ms.-I-wuz-robbed would have killed people to take a shot at proving her electoral might in a fairly open race.

This is something that the GOP didn’t really need in what could be a tough year for the GOP Senate caucus. David Perdue is up for reelection this year and Isaakson’s resignation puts both of Georgia’s senate seats in play next November. The Democrats think they smell blood in the water. Three Democrats are already vying to opposes Perdue and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution speculates that the top contenders are Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church; Jon Ossoff, a former candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District; Jason Carter, the runner-up for governor in 2014; and Michelle Nunn, who was defeated by David Perdue in the 2014 Senate race.

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Yikes: Republican Johnny Isakson resigning from Senate at the end of the year

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A sad end to Isakson’s political career and a minor, possibly major, disaster for the GOP in the making.

Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Wednesday he was stepping down from the U.S. Senate at the end of 2019 as he struggles with Parkinson’s disease, leaving a vacancy that Gov. Brian Kemp will soon fill.

A four-decade veteran of Georgia politics, Isakson has served in the U.S. Senate since 2005. He won his third term in 2016 by a comfortable margin and isn’t up for re-election until 2022.

Isakson, 74, has suffered several falls since announcing he has Parkinson’s, which limits his balance and mobility. He recently spent six days in an inpatient rehabilitation program at Marietta’s WellStar Kennestone Hospital after being hospitalized in Washington on July 16.

Isakson easily won all three of his Senate elections in Georgia, a state that’s become more purple during his tenure. In 2016 he actually ran ahead of Trump there, defeating his Democratic opponent 55/41 while Trump held off Clinton 50/45. Until this morning the GOP didn’t need to worry about defending his seat until 2022. Now, suddenly, they have not one but two Senate races on their hands in Georgia in 2020. David Perdue is running for reelection to another six-year term, remember. And Georgia law requires that any Senate vacancy be filled for the remainder of the vacant term by the winner of a special election held during the next regularly-scheduled election. That’s next year, of course.

Which is a long way of saying that if the economy slides and Trump’s numbers start to sink, Democrats would stand a real (if outside) chance of picking up two Senate seats in “red” Georgia. If you’re looking for scenarios in which the Senate might flip, you’ve now got one. Two seats in Georgia, a Mark Kelly win in Arizona, bad days for Susan Collins and Cory Gardner in the battleground states of Maine and Colorado and suddenly not even ousting Doug Jones in Alabama would be enough for Republicans to hold onto a majority.

Imagine President Warren with total control of government. The filibuster will be dead within five minutes after the new Democratic Senate is sworn in.

Seth Mandel asks the obvious question:

Schumer pleaded with Abrams to challenge David Perdue but she declined, knowing that it would be hard to defeat a reasonably popular incumbent and that two losses in the span of two years might damage her “rising star” luster. But she wouldn’t need to challenge a real incumbent for Isakson’s seat, merely the temporary appointee named by Kemp. I’m not sure she can say no to Democrats now that they’ve got a shot at winning two seats. If she really is the strongest hand they can play, imagine how they’ll resent her if she sits out the election and they lose one or both races narrowly.

As for who Kemp might appoint, he could always choose himself but that would create a vacancy in the governor’s seat, and Abrams probably would take a run at that. Plus, having only barely defeated her for his current office, it’s not clear that Kemp would be the GOP’s strongest play at holding Isakson’s Senate seat. Ideally he’d want to name someone with high name recognition and who’s young enough to run for a full term in 2022. Former Gov. Nathan Deal is probably too old at 77. Newt Gingrich is 76, and likely too divisive to be considered the GOP’s best chance. Kemp could put aside the bitterness of last year’s gubernatorial primary by nominating his Republican opponent in that race, Casey Cagle, who’s just 53. But if he does that, he might end up barring his own path to the Senate eventually: Someone as old as Perdue might serve only one term, vacating the seat for the 2028 election, whereas Cagle could serve for decades with the benefit of incumbency, making him primary-proof.

A better option is Sonny Perdue (cousin of David), who served two terms as governor and is currently serving as Trump’s secretary of agriculture. He’s 72, which is plenty young enough for the Senate. And if he ran, the GOP would have a straightforward mnemonic pitch to Georgians next fall: “Look for the Perdue name on both ballots.” I’d bet on a Sonny Perdue/Abrams race.

Update: She’s gonna make enemies in her party if she sticks to this.

The post Yikes: Republican Johnny Isakson resigning from Senate at the end of the year appeared first on Hot Air.

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Stacey Abrams Is Not Running For Senator In Georgia And Here’s Why

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Stacey Abrams, who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Georgia in 2018, has officially ruled out a run for the U.S. Senate.

The announcement comes today, her self-set deadline for making the decision, and it puts Georgia Democrats in a bit of a bind.

Abrams fell just short of a gubernatorial win in 2018, losing to former secretary of state Brian Kemp. Since the defeat, Abrams and her allies have referred to Kemp as the man who stole the election and have even started putting an asterisk next to his name when referring to him.

However, Abrams really wants to be governor. A run for the Senate is a risky gamble for someone who wants to be governor, as there are multiple factors that can make or break her political future.

Abrams was being recruited heavily by Chuck Schumer to run against David Perdue, who is up for re-election in 2020. The Democrats believe that, as close as the 2018 gubernatorial campaign was, they have a chance to get a Democratic Senator in a deep red state.

The fact is, though, that she spent so long teasing a run that Georgia Democrats are bound to be upset this morning. Other qualified Democrats stepped out of the way until she made a decision, and now that she’s said she won’t despite the months of teasing, they feel cheated out of valuable campaign and fundraising time.

But, Abrams likely never wanted to run. She wants to be governor. Running for the Senate means quitting that job either two years in to run against Kemp or waiting six years to run against Kemp’s successor.

What’s worse for her is the fact that she has already lost one statewide election, even though she won’t officially concede that race. Brian Kemp is the governor and she is not. The Democrats can chalk one loss up to fluke/cheating, but two losses are much harder to shrug off. If she lost to Perdue in 2020, state and national Democrats will be forced to recognize something we can already extrapolate from certain data: Abrams never really had a chance to beat Kemp.

It is a fact that Abrams drove out more voters than the Democrats could even get out for Hillary in 2016. It is a fact that she got voters registered and out to the polls at a rate that should alarm Georgia Republicans. But Kemp didn’t steal the election. If anything, his time as Secretary of State hampered his own race.

During his time in that office (and not just when Abrams was pushing it), registration in Georgia shot up. We now know that a lot of new voters went for Abrams. So, that’s already pushing Abrams ahead of where she would have been if the race had been held in 2016.

A few issues also hampered Kemp in Georgia. There are deep red pockets of the state that do not like Trump, and his endorsement may have caused Kemp supporters to stay home (I only suspect Trump’s endorsement did this only because we saw some Georgia Congressional swing Democratic), but draw out a lot more rural voters (those voters arguably saved the Georgia legislature from turning blue). Other issues, like running ads on immigration, also irritated some more moderate Georgia Republicans but rallied those voters.

So despite a registration discrepancy, Kemp won on issues. Abrams ran a far-left campaign in a far-right state and alienated moderate voters.

If she were to run for Senate and lose, she’s lost two statewide races and her career is basically over by the time Kemp runs for re-election. If she runs for Senate and wins, it would piss off Georgia Democrats if she quit that job less than halfway into her term to run again. She’ll essentially be clearing the field of statewide competitors three times in four years, which prevents the Democrats from building up a backbench of fresh faces to lead the party.

The alternative if she were to run for Senate and win is that she serves a full six-year term and then runs in 2024 against Kemp’s successor, but by that time she’s been out of state politics long enough that a new face would be better prepared to take on the GOP.

So it’s likely the Senate was never really an option, and the teasing was simply a ruse to keep her name in the headlines. That, however, makes her incredibly selfish because, as mentioned earlier, other Democrats cleared the field for her. She is taking up a spotlight that could have been used to put forward a new face – and one that hasn’t already lost a statewide race once.

The post Stacey Abrams Is Not Running For Senator In Georgia And Here’s Why appeared first on RedState.

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