Jim Barksdale

Poll: GOP All but Certain to Hold Georgia, Iowa Senate Seats
Race in North Carolina between Burr and Ross remains tight

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, right, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson appear to be coasting in their respective Senate re-election races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows the Senate races in Georgia and Iowa all but decided, while the North Carolina contest remains tight.

A survey of early voting in Georgia showed challenger Jim Barksdale ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson by 1 point among voters who cast early ballots. But Isakson held a commanding 54 percent to 40 percent lead among all likely voters. 

Isakson Challenger Looking at Bernie Sanders Playbook
Barksdale sees opportunity among younger voters in Georgia Senate race

Sen. Bernie Sanders lost Georgia's Democratic primary but he won among younger voters. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Georgia's Democratic candidate for Senate Jim Barksdale has at times compared his long-shot run to Sen. Bernie Sanders' insurgent presidential campaign.

In some ways, both are predicated on taking on the typical political establishment. Sanders was an outsider who did not formally join the Democratic Party until his presidential campaign and Barksdale has never held elected office.

Isakson Agrees to One Debate
Georgia senator's Democratic opponent wanted a series of them

The one debate Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to begins six days after early voting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to only one debate against his two opponents in the Georgia Senate race.

The two-term Republican will debate Democratic nominee Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckey on Oct. 23, six days after early voting begins in Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.