Ge­or­gia GOP Sen. Isak­son, 74, to re­tire over health is­sues

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AT­LANTA — Repub­li­can Sen. Johnny Isak­son’s an­nounce­ment Wed­nes­day that he will re­tire at year’s end in­stantly raised Ge­or­gia’s sta­tus as a must-watch 2020 bat­tle­ground by en­sur­ing both of its Se­nate seats will be on the bal­lot.

Isak­son, 74, said he is leav­ing the job he loves be­cause “mount­ing” health is­sues, in­clud­ing Parkin­son’s disease, are “tak­ing their toll.”

He won a third term in 2016 and would have faced re­elec­tion in 2022 if he had run again.

“I have con­cluded that I will not be able to do the job over the long term,” Isak­son said.

The Novem­ber 2020 bal­lot in Ge­or­gia will now in­clude a spe­cial elec­tion for the re­main­ing two years of Isak­son’s term in ad­di­tion to GOP Sen. David Per­due’s race for another six-year term.

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