Roswell, Georgia — It’s going to take something unusual for this to be a competitive race come November.2010 will be a big election year in Georgia, with a Senate seat, a Governor’s seat, the Secretary of State, and all state commissioner seats up for grabs along with the 13 congressional districts, this is an important election year state-wide
Johnny Isakson is the Republican incumbent and the favorite heading into November. Although he has recently had two hospital stays, he is expected to be fit and ready for the 2010 campaign and should win another six years in the U.S. Senate. Isakson has been the junior Senator from Georgia since 2005, after a stint in the U.S. House of Representatives. He benefits from his conservative views since Georgia over the last 20 years has swung Republican. Isakson is one of the top rated conservatives in Congress. He’s pro-gun, pro-life, and anti gay-marriage.
Isakson is expecting a fight from a Democratic challenger in 2010, but it’s a fight he should win. Isakson has a well organized campaign team and a nice war chest of funds built up over the years. Isakson is a former Georgia businessman and he runs his campaign like a business. He has not conducted any big campaign events yet as he has no challengers in the Republican primary, but he hosts town hall meetings all over the State of Georgia that the public can attend.
The first of Isakson’s potential Democratic opponents could be State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. The Huffington Post’s feature on Thurmond turns up nothing new; Thurmond is a Democrat through and through. Thurmond, from Athens, GA has been targeted for higher office for some time. Democrats envision his as a potential governor, but he has turned heads with his decision to take on the popular Isakson. With Isakson having a couple health issues recently, it became crucial for Georgia Democrats to find the biggest name possible to take on Isakson. Isakson has seemed to bounce back quickly from his health issues, but that’s not stopping Thurmond.
Thurmond is good when in campaign mode as evidenced by an appearance he made; the small crowd was diverse and hanging on his every word. Thurmond has some energetic supporters and a core group that really thinks he can win. I don’t think he can win, but a decent showing will bode well for him future elections. Expect to see President Obama to make a visit or two to Georgia for Thurmond.
The other candidate in the Democratic primary this July will be R.J. Hadley. Hadley is new to Georgia politics and politics in general, but he seems like a smart guy who could become a player down the road. Hadley is a Dartmouth grad who has a lot of experience in technology. Hadley is big on education and that could strike a chord in Georgia. He offers pretty traditional Democratic positions on most of the issues: immigration, the environment and the Middle East. More than likely, Hadley will lose big to Thurmond in July. He can use this as a learning experience and he is getting his name and ideas out there.
No surprises here in Georgia. This U.S. Senate seat is safe and secure in Republican hands for another six years.