Isakson, Barksdale to face off for Georgia U.S. Senate seat

Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson (left) and Democrat challenger Jim Barksdale (right)

ATLANTA — Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson easily advanced through Tuesday’s Republican primary election as he seeks a third term representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

Isakson, Georgia’s senior Senator, was originally elected in 2004 after six years in the House of Representatives. Tuesday night he earned more than 77 percent of the Republican vote statewide, eliminating challengers Derrick Grayson and Mary Kay Bacallao.

The race was much closer on the Democrat side, with Jim Barksdale avoiding a runoff in a race that wasn’t called by the Associated Press until early Wednesday morning. Barksdale, who is president of an Atlanta investment firm, earned nearly 54 percent of the vote advancing past Cheryl Copeland and John F. Coyne III.

The two most populated counties on the Georgia side of the CSRA followed the statewide trend, with Isakson and Barksdale carrying both Richmond and Columbia counties for their respective parties.

For a detailed look at how your county voted, click here.

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