Isakson wins Senate race without a runoff

[private]U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson locked up a third term in the Senate Tuesday without being pushed into a runoff election.

With 75 percent of the state’s counties reporting, Isakson led Democrat Jim Barksdale by 59-37 percent, a crushing margin of more than 500,000 votes. Libertarian Allen Buckley had about 4 percent of the votes.

Isakson was the leader in all of the late polls, sometimes by double digits, and seemed to be in command all the way in his race against Barksdale, a political unknown.

In the only other statewide race – outside of the presidential election – Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols won a second term on the regulatory agency, beating Libertarian Eric Hoskins by nearly a million votes, 70-30 percent.

The Democrats did not field a candidate in this race, which accounted for the unusually high number of votes that went to the Libertarian.

Georgia’s congressmen all won reelection against little or no opposition Tuesday.

The only open seat was in the 3rd Congressional District, where Rep. Lynn Westmoreland decided not to run again.

Republican Drew Ferguson will replace Westmoreland, defeating Democrat Angela Pendley with nearly 68 percent of the vote.

© 2016 by The Georgia Report

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