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