FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp addresses the media at a news conference at his Atlanta headquarters. Kemp will soon get to appoint a replacement for three-term U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who announced that he’s stepping down in December 2019 due to health issues. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Everybody in the pool: Georgia flush with Senate hopefuls

September 18, 2019 - 10:58 am

ATLANTA (AP) — A Senate retirement has set off a frenzy in Georgia politics, where two U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs in 2020.

Democrats are hungry for a big win and nearly every major political player in the state is thinking about their next move.

Some candidates have started to raise their hands while others are quietly mulling a bid.

The scramble underscores Georgia's new high-profile place on the political map. Democrats believe it's their best hope for breaking the GOP's hold on the Deep South in 2020.

National groups were already plotting to spend big with the hopes of unseating Republican Sen. David Perdue.

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's retirement ensures the state's status as a must-watch battleground by opening a second Senate race.