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Sen. Johnny Isakson, center, chats with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle during a get-out-the-vote rally in his hometown of Marietta on Nov. 7, 2016.    Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Johnny Isakson cruises to third term in U.S. Senate

9:24 pm Nov. 8, 2016

Johnny Isakson, a towering figure in Georgia’s Republican Party after more than four decades in elected office, easily secured a third term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday.

Multiple news outlets called the race at roughly 9:20 p.m.

The onetime real estate company president bested Democrat Jim Barksdale, an Atlanta investment manager who was a political unknown before he entered the race in March, following a sleepy contest that made few ripples during

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and campaign manager Trey Kilpatrick watch returns from his war room upstairs from the Republican Watch party at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

David Perdue, if there’s a President Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m going to find a way to work with her’

8:49 pm Nov. 8, 2016

As we waited to see if U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson would escape a runoff, his Washington colleague David Perdue made the rounds at the Buckhead Hyatt Regency, where Repubicans around the state have gathered this evening.

Senator Perdue has been a major supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a scrum with reporters, Perdue conceded that the night may not turn out well for his candidate. Said Perdue:

“He may not

Voting stickers await DeKalb County voters at the polls on Election Day at the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain on Tuesday. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

A final, final Georgia poll: Donald Trump, Johnny Isakson lead

1:22 pm Nov. 8, 2016

Chris Huttman of 20/20 Insight, a Democratic-oriented firm, just tossed us the results a small poll he conducted from Nov. 1 to 7 – so it just wrapped up last night. He worked with 541 respondents, so the margin of error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.

Check out the questions here. And the crosstabs here.

His presidential numbers will look familiar: Republican Donald Trump, 48 percent; Democrat Hillary Clinton, 45

Gov. Nathan Deal (from left), U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle at a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Marietta on Monday. Curtis Compton,ccompton@ajc.com

Georgia Republicans clear the deck for a Johnny Isakson finish

7:38 pm Nov. 7, 2016

A presidential contest? Yeah, there may be one of those tomorrow.

But you could hardly tell if you were at Cobb County GOP headquarters on Monday evening, where all decks and all other agendas were cleared in favor of making sure U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s re-election bid ends in the next 24 hours. Without a nine-week runoff.

Isakson faces Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley on Tuesday’s ballot.

Four congressmen, a spanking

Georgia's three U.S. Senate candidates shake hands ahead of the race's only televised debate last month. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

What to watch for in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race

6:00 am Nov. 7, 2016

As far as Senate contests go, Georgia’s race never had the same electricity as the marquee matchups in states such as New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. But that doesn’t mean a dose of drama isn’t possible in the Peach State on Tuesday, even if the contest is not expected to determine which party will control the Senate in 2017.

Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson has maintained a commanding lead in the polls for the

Gov. Nathan Deal stumps for Sen. Johnny Isakson at Chatham County GOP headquarters in Savannah on Nov. 6, 2016. Tamar Hallerman/AJC

Nathan Deal’s closing argument for why Georgians should back Johnny Isakson

6:28 pm Nov. 6, 2016

SAVANNAH – Gov. Nathan Deal had a parochial argument Sunday for why voters should back his pal Johnny Isakson on Nov. 8.

The governor said the incumbent Republican needs a third term in the Senate in order to continue looking out for the Savannah port expansion, a $706 million project that’s long been the subject of push and pull between Washington and the Peach State.

Deal argued that Isakson, through his seniority

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Barksdale meets with patrons at Holmes Barber Shop in Savannah on Nov. 5, 2016. Tamar Hallerman/AJC.

Senate candidate Jim Barksdale looks to solidify African-American support ahead of election

3:57 pm Nov. 5, 2016

SAVANNAH –Jim Barksdale got off to an early start today to complete what’s become a virtual rite of passage for Democrats in Georgia during the final stretch of their campaigns: visiting African-American-owned barbershops and beauty salons.

The U.S. Senate candidate, who’s challenging Johnny Isakson for the seat he’s held for 12 years, made several pit stops across town on a particularly gorgeous November morning to build more name recognition ahead of