Georgia’s Democratic candidate for Senate Jim Barksdale has at times compared his long-shot run to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ insurgent presidential campaign.
In some ways, both are predicated on taking on the typical political establishment. Sanders was an outsider who did not formally join the Democratic Party until his presidential campaign and Barksdale has never held elected office.
Similarly, when Roll Call spoke with Barksdale last month about his opponent, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, the challenger cited the incumbent’s positions on deregulation and “the tax loopholes that allowed people to avoid U.S. taxes.”
“They have made the economy weak,” Barksdale said. “He’s been the poster child for all failed policies.”