2016 United States Senate election in Georgia

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United States Senate election in Georgia, 2016

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  Johnny Isakson official Senate photo1 (cropped).jpg Jim Barksdale Portrait.jpg
Nominee Johnny Isakson Jim Barksdale
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,135,806 1,599,726
Percentage 54.80% 41.04%

Georgia Senate Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County Results

Isakson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Barksdale:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

Johnny Isakson
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Johnny Isakson
Republican

The 2016 United States Senate election in Georgia was held November 8, 2016, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Georgia, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The primary election for the Republican and Democratic parties took place on May 24, 2016.[1]

Incumbent Republican Senator Johnny Isakson won re-election to a third term in office.[2]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Johnny Isakson
Governors
U.S. Representatives
State senators
State representatives
Statewide officials
Individuals

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Johnny
Isakson
Another
candidate
Undecided
InsiderAdvantage June 11–14, 2015 492 ± 4.4% 50% 26% 24%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Johnny Isakson (incumbent) 447,661 77.50%
Republican Derrick Grayson 69,101 11.96%
Republican Mary Kay Bacallao 60,898 10.54%
Total votes 577,660 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • James F. Barksdale, investment firm executive[18]
  • Cheryl Copeland, AT&T manager[19]
  • John Coyne, businessman and perennial candidate[20]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Barksdale 166,627 53.74%
Democratic Cheryl Copeland 130,822 42.19%
Democratic John Coyne 12,604 4.07%
Total votes 310,053 100.00%

Libertarian nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Allen Buckley won the nomination at the March 5, 2016, nominating convention in Marietta[39]

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Dates Location Isakson Barksdale Buckley Link
October 21, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia Participant Participant Participant Full debate - C-SPAN

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Johnny
Isakson (R)
Jim
Barksdale (D)
Allen
Buckley (L)
Other Undecided
SurveyMonkey November 1–7, 2016 2,419 ± 4.6% 47% 41% 8% 4%
WSB-TV/Landmark November 6, 2016 1,200 ± 2.8% 52% 41% 4% 3%
SurveyMonkey October 31–November 6, 2016 2,348 ± 4.6% 47% 41% 8% 4%
CBS News/YouGov November 3–5, 2016 995 ± 4.6% 48% 41% 6% 5%
WSB-TV/Landmark November 2–3, 2016 1,000 ± 3.1% 50% 40% 5% 6%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy November 2–3, 2016 538 ± 4.2% 50% 39% 8% 3%
SurveyMonkey October 28–November 3, 2016 2,872 ± 4.6% 47% 42% 8% 3%
SurveyMonkey October 27–November 2, 2016 2,722 ± 4.6% 47% 42% 7% 4%
NBC/WSJ/Marist October 30–November 1, 2016 707 LV ± 3.7% 48% 37% 7% 3% 5%
937 RV ± 3.2% 46% 36% 8% 4% 7%
SurveyMonkey October 26–November 1, 2016 2,678 ± 4.6% 48% 41% 6% 5%
Emerson College October 29–31, 2016 650 ± 3.8% 48% 40% 5% 7%
SurveyMonkey October 25–31, 2016 2,665 ± 4.6% 50% 41% 5% 4%
WXIA-TV Atlanta/SurveyUSA October 25–27, 2016 594 ± 4.1% 50% 38% 5% 8%
Quinnipiac University October 20–26, 2016 707 ± 3.7% 54% 40% 6%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy October 20, 2016 570 ± 4.1% 51% 42% 3% 4%
Google Consumer Surveys October 18–20, 2016 439 ± 4.2% 58% 36% 6%
Atlanta Journal Constitution October 17–20, 2016 839 ± 4.3% 47% 32% 11% 7%
The Times-Picayune/Lucid October 17–18, 2016 807 ± 3.0% 49% 39% 13%
Washington Post/SurveyMonkey October 8–16, 2016 886 ± 0.5% 50% 46% 4%
WSB-TV/Landmark October 11–12, 2016 1,400 ± 2.7% 50% 37% 5% 8%
JMC Analytics (R) September 20–22, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 41% 28% 4% 27%
Quinnipiac University September 13–21, 2016 638 ± 3.9% 55% 34% 10%
Monmouth University September 15–18, 2016 401 ± 4.9% 50% 34% 5% 10%
FOX 5 Atlanta/Opinion Savvy September 14, 2016 568 ± 4.1% 47% 34% 6% 13%
Emerson College September 9–13, 2016 600 ± 3.6% 48% 32% 10%
NBC/WSJ/Marist September 6–8, 2016 649 ± 3.8% 53% 38% 9%
JMC Analytics (R) August 6–7, 2016 615 ± 4.0% 39% 30% 4% 27%
Atlanta Journal Constitution August 1–4, 2016 847 ± 4.0% 44% 38% 6% 12%
48% 42% 10%
WSB-TV/Landmark July 31, 2016 787 ± 4.0% 46% 41% 5% 8%
WXIA-TV Atlanta/SurveyUSA July 29–31, 2016 570 ± 4.2% 48% 39% 5% 8%
Public Policy Polling May 27–30, 2016 724 ± 3.6% 47% 35% 18%

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[40] Likely R September 9, 2016
Sabato's Crystal Ball[41] Likely R September 19, 2016
Rothenberg Political Report[42] Safe R September 2, 2016
Daily Kos[43] Safe R September 16, 2016
Real Clear Politics[44] Likely R September 15, 2016

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Georgia, 2016 [45]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Johnny Isakson (incumbent) 2,135,806 54.80% -3.51%
Democratic Jim Barksdale 1,599,726 41.04% +2.04%
Libertarian Allen Buckley 162,260 4.16% +1.47%
Total votes 3,897,792 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites