Georgia — a state that has been wracked with allegations of voter suppression and election security issues in recent years — just got significantly more important for the 2020 map.
With the announcement that Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) will retire this year due to health issues, the state will hold a special election in 2020 to replace him. This will be in addition to the reelection race for Sen. David Perdue (R), whose term is expiring.
One or both of those races might prove key to Democrats’ efforts to retake the Senate in 2020.
Defeating Perdue was always going to be a stretch for Democrats, given the advantage typically held by incumbents (especially one of President Trump’s favorites), as well as Stacey Abrams’ decision not to challenge him.