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Gov. Kemp to Announce U.S. Senate Appointment

According to a media release from the governor’s office, at 10 am, Kemp will announce the appointment to fill the seat that will be vacated by retiring Senator Johnny Isakson (R - Georgia) on December 31, 2019.

The announcement will be live-streamed at

His reported choice of Kelly Loeffler, a political newcomer, defies Republicans who had pushed him to choose Rep. Doug Collins, one of the staunchest defenders of President Donald Trump.

By picking Loeffler, Kemp might have set up a bitter GOP clash over the seat, as Collins has publicly left open the door to running against her next year.

In the event of a Loeffler victory in 2020, she would be the first woman elected to the Senate from Georgia.