United States Senate election in Georgia, 2004

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United States Senate election in Georgia, 2004
Georgia (U.S. state)
2000 ←
November 2, 2004 → 2010

  Johnny Isakson.jpg Majette-denise.jpg
Nominee Johnny Isakson Denise Majette
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,864,205 1,287,695
Percentage 57.88% 39.98%


County Results

Senator before election

Zell Miller

Elected Senator

Johnny Isakson

The 2004 United States Senate election in Georgia took place on November 2, 2004 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Zell Miller decided to retire, leaving an open seat. Majette became both the first African American and the first woman to be nominated for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Republican Johnny Isakson won the open seat.

Major candidates[edit]




Majette's announcement that she would seek to replace Miller also caught Democrats by surprise, as she was not on anyone's call list when Democrats began seeking a candidate to replace Miller. Further skepticism among Democrats about the viability of her candidacy surfaced when she announced that "God" had told her to run for the Senate. She received important endorsements from US Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, along with many others in Washington who campaigned and raised money for Majette. Her Senate campaign slogan was "I'll be nobody's Senator, but yours."

A number of factors led to Majette's loss. These include her late start, her valuable time and money spent in the runoff, larger conservative turnout from proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages (which Majette opposed), the popularity of President George W. Bush, and her lack of experience (being a one term congresswoman).


2004 United States Senate election, Georgia[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Johnny Isakson 1,864,205 57.88% +19.97
Democratic Denise Majette 1,287,695 39.98% -18.22
Libertarian Allen Buckley 69,051 2.14% +2.14
Majority 576,510 17.90
Turnout 3,220,951
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ "Three Republicans battling for spots in Georgia's likely Senate runoff". New.accessnorthga.com. March 27, 2004. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "United States Senator". Georgia of Secretary of State. 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 

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