Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson announced he’s running for a third-term in 2016 this morning.
A long list of top GOPers in the state flanked him at the announcement rally, held at the State Capitol. They included Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, outgoing Rep. Jack Kingston, and others.
The show of unity serves notice to any would-be Republican challengers to Isakson that most within the party have no appetite for a divisive primary in 2016. No obvious rivals have yet to emerge.
As for possible Democratic opposition, it remains yet to be seen how much money they will pour into funding an opponent to Isakson, who remains perhaps the most popular incumbent politician in Georgia. He cruised to re-election in both 2004 and 2010, and most doubt that vanquished Democratic hopefuls Michelle Nunn or Jason Carter would throw their hats into the ring to oppose Isakson.
Isakson himself, however, stated he was girding for a full-fledged fight in 2016.
“When you’re a candidate on the ballot in Georgia you always expect opposition,” he stated. “We just made our announcement early so we can prepare for whatever comes.”