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08 December 2008

CQ Politics: Isakson "No Easy Target"

CQ Politics is out today with its outlook for Democrats and Republicans in the 2010 Battle for the U.S. Senate.

In just over two years, the GOP will be defending nineteen seats in the Senate one of which includes the seat held by Johnny Isakson.

On Isakson's first re-election bid since being elected in 2004, CQ Politics says that "Democrats may make a stronger effort to recruit a challenger for 2010, coming off a 2008 election that saw Obama trim the party’s presidential deficit in the state to 5 percentage points from 17 points in 2004 and saw Republican Senate incumbent Chambliss forced into the runoff." [Source: CQ, "Battle for the Senate: Outlook for the Republicans in 2010", December 8, 2008]

However, with just over $2.3 million in the bank, CQ Politics states that Isakson will be "no easy target" in 2010.

Johnny Isakson is pretty doggone popular in Georgia. Although a recent survey by Public Policy Polling shows that Isakson has some work to do if he's to be successful in two years.

Thirty percent of Georgians approve of the job Isakson is doing while 44% just aren't sure [Source: Public Policy Polling, "Georgia Senate 2010", November 25, 2008].