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Johnny Isakson challenger promises resources to keep campaign competitive

The Georgia Democratic Party's handpicked candidate to challenge Johnny Isakson may have reported dismal fundraising numbers in the weeks after he qualified, but the investment manager says he's willing to do what it takes to make the race competitive.

Jim Barksdale

Jim Barksdale loaned his campaign more than $1 million last month to kick off his challenge. In his first interview since entering the race, Barksdale insisted there will be enough "resources to make this a competitive campaign."

“We’ll be fundraising, but there will be much higher weight on getting out and meeting people and listening — and less weight on getting money, money, money," he said.

But it will not be an easy road ahead for the political newcomer, who faces a well-known and well-funded opponent in Isakson.

Read more about the challenges facing Barksdale here -- and what Georgia Democrats say could be their secret weapon.


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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.