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GA Sen Johnny Isakson

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Republican incumbent Sen. Johnny Isakson Thursday distanced himself further from his party’s nominee Donald Trump who continues to hover in controversy.

Since before Trump won the Republican nomination, Isakson has had a go-to line, and he repeated it to the Roswell Rotary Club after a question came to him from the audience about the presidential race.

“The first person I’m interested in is me. I’m not an egotistical person, but I enjoy my employment,” said Isakson.

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Georgians go to the polls Tuesday to select Democratic and Republican nominees for state and local offices, from the U.S. Senate and House to local judgeships.

Because of the way districts are drawn, these May primaries -- and not the November general election -- will decide who wins some offices.  

While the candidates and issues vary by party and by district, there are some common themes emerging.  WABE's Johnny Kauffman explored some of them in a conversation with Denis O'Hayer on "Morning Edition." 

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) during a hearing at the Senate Finance Committee, May, 2013.
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Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson said Thursday that laws addressing conflicts between same-sex marriage and religious freedom should be left to Congress and the federal government.

Last year, Isakson and Georgia's other senator, Republican David Perdue, co-sponsored a bill called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which was designed to protect people who act on their religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock delivers a sermon during church service at Ebenezer Baptist Church were he serves as pastor.
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“I believe, all the way in my gut, that if Rev. Raphael Warnock should decide to run, he could bring the change we are looking for.” 

Those are the words of Dubose Porter, the head of Georgia’s Democratic Party. 

During a recent Sunday service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Warnock told the congregation he’s considering a run for the U.S. Senate. 

“I’m gonna go away for a few days in a quiet prayer retreat,” he said, “And then I’m going to come back and talk, and hear you, and then we’ll go together.” 

Warnock will return from his sabbatical soon.