Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate

FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, Mary Brock, right, and Kelly Loeffler cheer from their courtside seats as the Atlanta Dream basketball team plays in the second half of their WNBA basketball game, in Atlanta. A GOP political consultant told The Associated Press that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp decided to appoint Loeffler, a Republican donor and financial services executive, to succeed retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson. Kemp is set to formally announce his choice on Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2019.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor is expected to appoint a wealthy business executive to replace an outgoing U.S. senator, according to a GOP political consultant, bypassing President Donald Trump’s preferred pick and betting instead that a moderate woman can garner enough support to hold onto the seat next year.

Brian Kemp’s choice of Kelly Loeffler, a political newcomer, defies fellow Republicans who had pushed him to choose Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress. Loeffler will fill the seat of retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down because of health issues.

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