AJC LOCAL IN-DEPTH ISAKSON'S RETIREMENT
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's decision to retire at the end of the year paves the way for two separate U.S. Senate elections in 2020--and two separate battles over who should replace the third-term Republican.
The first will involve quiet jockeying to sway Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who will soon tap someone to fill out the next year of Isakson's term. Already, Republicans are making behind-the-scenes moves to position themselves for an appointment -- or rule themselves out.