Qualifying begins for Georgia's May 24 primary

Qualifying begins for Georgia's May 24 primary

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia political candidates are set to begin qualifying for May 24 primaries for federal, state and local offices.

All eyes are on Democrats, who have not announced a challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Isakson, elected in 2004, has amassed $5.5 million should a challenger emerge. He won 58 percent of the vote in 2010, his last election. Isakson has since announced that he has Parkinson's disease but said the condition wouldn't affect his run for reelection or performance if he wins in November.

Democratic party officials say they will have a candidate, hoping that a presidential year will boost turnout among Democratic voters.

Georgia's 14 congressional seats also are on the ballot in November, along with all 56 state Senate and House seats.

Qualifying ends Friday at noon.

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