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By BEN NADLER and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has decided to appoint a Republican donor and financial services executive for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by three-term Sen. Johnny Isakson, a GOP political consultant told The Associated Press on Monday.
His choice of Kelly Loeffler, a political newcomer, defies Republicans who had pushed him to choose Rep. Doug Collins, one of the staunchest defenders of President Trump.
The consultant spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday because Kemp has yet to publicly announce the decision, which comes after weeks of speculation over his choice for a Senate seat Democrats are hoping to win in 2020.
Loeffler, perhaps best known as co-owner of the Atlanta Dream professional woman's basketball franchise, will have to defend the seat next November as Republicans battle to maintain control of the Senate and the White House.