2004 United States Senate election in Georgia

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2004 United States Senate election in Georgia

← 2000 (special) November 2, 2004 2010 →
  Johnny Isakson.jpg Majette-denise.jpg
Nominee Johnny Isakson Denise Majette
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,864,205 1,287,695
Percentage 57.9% 40.0%

Georgia Senate Election Results by County, 2004.svg
County Results

Isakson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Majette:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Zell Miller

Elected U.S. Senator

Johnny Isakson

The 2004 United States Senate election in Georgia took place on November 2, 2004, alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Zell Miller decided to retire, leaving an open seat. Majette became both the first African American and the first woman to be nominated for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Republican Johnny Isakson won the open seat.

The results were almost a complete reversal from the previous election in 2000.

Major candidates[edit]




Majette's announcement that she would seek to replace Miller also caught Democrats by surprise, as she was not on anyone's call list when Democrats began seeking a candidate to replace Miller. Further skepticism among Democrats about the viability of her candidacy surfaced when she announced that "God" had told her to run for the Senate. She received important endorsements from U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, along with many others in Washington who campaigned and raised money for Majette. Her Senate campaign slogan was "I'll be nobody's Senator, but yours."

A number of factors led to Majette's loss. These include her late start, her valuable time and money spent in the runoff, larger conservative turnout from a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages (which Majette opposed), the popularity of President George W. Bush in Georgia, and her lack of experience (being a one-term congresswoman).



Republican Primary Election[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Johnny Isakson 346,765 53.2%
Republican Herman Cain 170,464 26.2%
Republican Mac Collins 134,053 20.6%
2004 United States Senate election, Georgia[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Johnny Isakson 1,864,205 57.88% +19.97%
Democratic Denise Majette 1,287,695 39.98% −18.22%
Libertarian Allen Buckley 69,051 2.14% +2.14%
Majority 576,510 17.90%
Turnout 3,220,951
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ "Three Republicans battling for spots in Georgia's likely Senate runoff". New.accessnorthga.com. March 27, 2004. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "United States Senator". Sos.georgia.gov. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "United States Senator". Georgia of Secretary of State. December 21, 2005. Retrieved December 3, 2008.