United States Senate election in Georgia, 2010

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United States Senate election in Georgia, 2010
Georgia (U.S. state)
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November 2, 2010
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  Johnny Isakson.jpg
Nominee Johnny Isakson Mike Thurmond
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,489,904 996,516
Percentage 58.3% 39.0%

U.S. Senator before election

Johnny Isakson
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Johnny Isakson
Republican

The 2010 United States Senate election in Georgia took place on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson won re-election to a second term.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Michael Thurmond RJ Hadley Undecided
Survey USA July 7–8, 2010 64% 13% 23%
Survey USA June 14–17, 2010 68% 11% 22%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Thurmond 297,226 84.3%
Democratic RJ Hadley 55,159 15.7%
Totals 352,385 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Johnny Isakson 558,298 100%
Totals 558,298 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Thurmond was the underdog in trying to become the first African-American to serve Georgia in the U.S. Senate. Thurmond claimed "Polls are irrelevant. As everyone knows, the only poll that counts is the election on November 2."[5] Isakson has defended his record saying "Big business is not evil. If you didn't have big business, you wouldn't have jobs in America today."[6] Despite the fact all political prognasticars classified the race as being safe for Isakson by August 20,[7] he stated that Thurmond was a potentially formidable candidate, and that he would take nothing for granted.[8]

Debates[edit]

  • October 24[9]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Solid R[10] October 25, 2010
Rothenberg Safe R[11] October 22, 2010
Swing State Project Safe R[citation needed]
RealClearPolitics Safe R[12] October 25, 2010
Sabato's Crystal Ball Safe R[13] October 21, 2010
CQ Politics Safe R[14] October 25, 2010

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Johnny Isakson (R) Michael Thurmond (D) Chuck Donovan (L) Other* Undecided
Mason-Dixon October 26–28, 2010 56% 33% 4% 0% 7%
Rasmussen Reports October 24, 2010 59% 29% 5% 3% 4%
SurveyUSA October 21–24, 2010 58% 34% 5% –– 3%
Rasmussen Reports October 6, 2010 53% 38% 5% 1% 3%
Insider Advantage September 27, 2010 61% 29% 3% –– 7%
Rasmussen Reports September 21, 2010 52% 36% 6% –– 6%
Mason-Dixon September 19, 2010 52% 33% 4% –– 11%
Survey USA September 10–12, 2010 56% 34% 6% –– 4%
Insider Advantage August 17, 2010 47% 35% 7% –– 11%
Rasmussen Reports August 11, 2010 55% 41% –– 2% 2%
Rasmussen Reports May 20, 2010 57% 30% –– 6% 8%
Rasmussen Reports April 22, 2010 51% 35% –– –– ––
* Note: There is only one "other" candidate: Chuck Donovan.

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Johnny Isakson (R) $5,943,285 $5,650,138 $2,588,284 $0
Michael Thurmond (D) $288,666 $202,610 $86,055 $5,220
Source: Federal Election Commission[15]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Georgia, 2010[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Johnny Isakson (incumbent) 1,489,904 58.31% +0.43%
Democratic Michael Thurmond 996,516 39.00% -0.98%
Libertarian Chuck Donovan 68,750 2.69% +0.55%
Independent Steve Davis (write-in) 52 0.00% N/A
Independent Raymond Beckworth (write-in) 24 0.00% N/A
Independent Brian Russell Brown (write-in) 12 0.00% N/A
Majority 493,388 19.31%
Total votes 2,555,258 100%
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites