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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced Wednesday that he will resign at the end of 2019 to focus on his health.

Why it matters: His decision means that two Senate seats will be up for grabs in Georgia, a potential swing state, in 2020.

  • Isakson was last elected in 2016, meaning that his term doesn't expire until 2022.
  • Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint someone to Isakson's seat upon his retirement, and a special election will be held for the final two years of the term in 2020.
  • Georgia's other Republican senator, David Perdue, is up for re-election in 2020 as well.

The big picture: Isakson was hospitalized last month after he fell in his D.C. apartment, breaking four ribs.

Between the lines: Democrats have already expressed hope that they might be able to flip Georgia in 2020 after Stacey Abrams' 2018 gubernatorial run made national headlines.

Go deeper: Trump's 2020 map from hell

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Hurricane Zeta makes landfall on Louisiana coast as Category 2 storm

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Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, bringing with it "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds," per the National Hurricane Center.

What's happening: The hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds of nearly 110 mph and stronger gusts.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Biden ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan as cases surge in the Midwest.
  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control rise in hospitalizations Some coronavirus survivors have "autoantibodies."
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. World: Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave France imposes lockdown as Macron warns of overwhelming second COVID wave Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month.
  5. Sports: Boston Marathon delayed as COVID-19 surges MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.

What the 2020 election means for science

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The 2020 presidential election presents two stark paths for the direction of future-focused scientific research.

Why it matters: Science is a long game, with today's breakthroughs often stemming from research carried out decades ago, often with government help. That means the person who occupies the White House over the next four years will help shape the state of technology for decades into the future.

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