Senate seat shake-up: Parties look ahead to 2020 Georgia Senate races

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- After decades of political service, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced his resignation Wednesday, citing health concerns.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced he's resigning from Congress at the end of the year, citing health concerns. His departure will put both of Georgia's Senate seats on the 2020 ballot. (Source: Gray DC)

Isakson’s departure will put both of the state’s Senate seats on the ballot in 2020, as Senator David Perdue is also up for reelection.

Democrats are hoping to flip both seats.

“The changing demographics have widened democrats’ prospects to take over the Senate, said David Bergstein, DNC Director of Battleground State Communications.

Bergstein says Georgia’s political loyalty is shifting. In 2018, the party flipped the 6th district seat and they came very close to a gubernatorial win, when Stacey Abrams lost to republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

“If you look at Donald Trump’s double digit erosion of support in Georgia, you see a clear demonstration that voters in the state are fed up with his broken promises," said Bergstein.

Republicans, however, seem to think a democratic victory with either seat is a long shot.

“It’s not even on our radar," said Marc Lotter with the 2020 Trump Campaign. “It’s a state that went for President Trump solidly in 2016 and we know they are going to want to keep those policies going and not turn to the radical extremism we are seeing from the other side.”

To flip the Senate majority, democrats would need to pick up at least three seats in the 2020 election. As of now, 35 are up for grabs.

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