Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican who has represented Georgia in the US Senate since his election in 2004, has resigned half way through his latest term. He was replaced, by the decision of the state’s Governor, by Kelly Loeffler, also a Republican. But her appointment will only keep her in the Senate through this session. To stay in office thereafter, she will have to win a special election in November.
Loeffler is a figure from the world of finance, the former CEO of Bakkt, which manages digital assets for Intercontinental Exchange, a major financial services provider.
Loeffler is also a conservative. She donated $750,000 to the campaign of Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. Her effort to keep her Senate seat has the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. But some Republicans in Georgia believe she isn’t really one of them, in part because she sits on the board of a hospital that provides abortions.
The Thing to Know:
There will be no party nominations for this special election. Candidates from both major parties or neither may run, and if they split the vote so that no one receives more than 50%, the top two vote recipients will compete in a run-off. Loeffler’s opponents will include Doug Collins, a Republican who presents himself as to her right, and Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, who does not.