Chambliss Wins Georgia Runoff

December 2, 2008 06:00 PM
 

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Chambliss keeps his ranking member status for Senate Ag Committee


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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), in a run-off election on Tuesday, defeated Democrat Jim Martin, by a larger than expected 58-42 percent majority, meaning the Democrats will not have a 60-vote majority that would make it easier for them to avoid a filibuster during the new Congress. So far, the Democrats have picked up seven Senate seats during the 2008 election cycle, bringing their total in the chamber to 58 seats (including two Independent members who caucus with the Democrats).

Chambliss will retain his ranking member status on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

During the run-off campaign, Chambliss described his seat as the “firewall” against a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee helped campaign for Chambliss. During the presidential race, McCain won Georgia by 5 points.

Chambliss portrayed his win as an encouraging sign for Republicans looking to regroup as they head into the next election cycle. "I'm excited to be the first race that leads us into the 2010 campaign because it'll be a tough fight," Chambliss said at a victory party.


Martin linked himself to President-elect Barack Obama and his message of change. While Obama was a no-show on the campaign trail in Georgia, he did record a radio ad and automated phone calls for Martin.

Meanwhile, the only Senate race from the 2008 cycle that remains undecided is in Minnesota, where Sen. Norm Coleman (R) has a lead of fewer than 300 votes over his Democratic challenger Al Franken during a lengthy hand recount.


Comments: Chambliss was a major player in the 2008 Farm Bill debate, working closely with Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), in an unusual North-South farm bill coalition.


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