Republican and Democratic Senate campaign committees respond to Sen. Isakson's retirement

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., joined by Rep. Buddy Carter R-Ga., left, leads a meeting with the Georgia Ports Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers to request full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in the 2020 federal budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The National Republican Senate Committee and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee reacted Wednesday to the news that Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) will retire at the end of the year.

Sen. Isakson's retirement means that both Georgia Senate seats will be on the ballot in 2020: Sen. David Perdue's term will be up for re-election and Sen. Isakson's seat will appear on a special ballot.

"This is yet another seat Republicans will need to defend next year in an increasingly competitive battleground where the president's approval has plunged by double digits since taking office." DSCC spokesperson, Stewart Boss said in a statement.

The NRSC Chairman, Sen. Todd Young (R-IN), provided a statement expressing positivity that the seat will remain Republican.

"Johnny Isakson has been a steadfast conservative leader who has served Georgians with the highest integrity and distinction in the U.S. Senate," Young wrote. "He will be missed, but we look forward to the men and women of Georgia electing another strong Republican leader in 2020 alongside David Perdue."

Gov. Brian Kemp will be able to appoint a replacement for Sen. Isakson in the interim between his departure at the end of the year and next November.
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