Isakson reports $1.6M cash haul for next Senate race

[private]The next Senate race is more than a year away, but Sen. Johnny Isakson is already reporting huge hauls of campaign cash that just might discourage some candidates from challenging him.

Isakson, who says he is running for a third term in 2016, disclosed Tuesday that his reelection campaign raised more than $1.6 million in contributions during the first quarter and has about $3.75 million in the bank.

“I am proud that Georgians continue to feel that I effectively represent their interests in Washington,” Isakson said in a statement released by his campaign.

“I look forward to this campaign and supporting all those conservative candidates across the country who are also dedicated to keeping our Republican majority and taking back the White House,” he said.

No candidate in either party has yet formally announced they will run against Isakson next year.

Isakson is considered to be a little too moderate by some of the more conservative segments of the Republican Party, which could result in primary opposition from a tea party activist or conservative Christian.

A possible Democratic opponent could be someone like former congressman John Barrow or state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta).

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