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Libertarian Allen Buckley makes a choking motion during a Senate debate with incumbent U.S. Sen. Republican Johnny Isakson, left, and Democrat Jim Barksdale, right, on Friday at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Missed that U.S. Senate debate? Watch it here

4:51 pm Oct. 24, 2016

The only debate in the race for the U.S. Senate, which was taped Friday and aired Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting, is now available on YouTube – along with those for Third District congressional seat and a contest for a seat on the state Public Service Commission.

The debates were sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club as part of its Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

The Senate debate, featuring Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson,

Left to right, U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Libertarian Allen Buckley and Democrat Jim Barksdale on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Georgia Public Broadcasting. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Barksdale’s new attack on Isakson relies on an old racial discrimination lawsuit

5:00 pm Oct. 22, 2016

Various opponents have raised this issue in the long political career of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Now, it’s Democrat Jim Barksdale’s turn.

During taping Friday of the only televised debate ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Barksdale brought out a new line of attack involving Isakson’s role in a racial discrimination lawsuit tied to his father. The Democratic challenger, who trails the incumbent by 15 points in our

A blast from the past: Libertarian Allen Buckley, left, and Republican Johnny Isakson, center, debating in 2004. (BILLY SMITH II/STAFF)

Johnny Isakson has a big target on his back ahead of Georgia’s lone Senate debate

6:00 am Oct. 21, 2016

We predict Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will receive lots of attention today.

The two-term incumbent is the man to catch as Georgia’s three U.S. Senate candidates tangle in the only televised debate of the general election cycle later this morning. (It will air at 6 p.m. Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting.)

Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley have been chomping at the bit for the chance to throw some punches at

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Barksdale, right, and his two Democratic primary opponents at an Atlanta Press Club debate this spring.  BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Johnny Isakson rival questions whether debate format favors Republican

2:10 pm Oct. 19, 2016

Updated at 2:55 p.m.: 

The Atlanta Press Club’s decision to require all three U.S. Senate candidates to sit during this week’s debate has prompted the ire of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s rivals. And Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley suggested the format could help the incumbent Republican, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

The candidates found out Tuesday that they’ll be sitting during the hourlong debate, which is sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and will be taped Friday and aired

Democratic Senate candidate Jim Barksdale at an immigration roundtable last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Jim Barksdale looks to capitalize off voter outrage over Donald Trump’s treatment of women

11:24 am Oct. 19, 2016

Democrat Jim Barksdale is grasping onto U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s continued support of Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign as he looks to capitalize off voter outrage over the GOP nominee’s treatment of women.

The Democrat, who is looking to close a substantial gap in the polls, constantly hits Isakson on the issue in press releases and Twitter posts. Barksdale’s campaign website now prominently features a

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Barksdale is greeted by Adelina Nicholls, executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights, after a roundtable with immigration advocates last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Jim Barksdale improves fundraising but still trails Johnny Isakson significantly in money game

5:26 pm Oct. 17, 2016

Democrat Jim Barksdale considerably beefed up his fundraising effort in recent months in his bid to oust U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. But it may be too little, too late against a Republican incumbent with nearly $2.3 million in the bank heading into October.

Fresh fundraising reports seen by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday showed Barksdale raised more than $323,000 between July and the end of September, more than three times better than he did earlier