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Runoff Between Saxby Chambliss And Jim Martin Expected





By Amanda Smith


On Wednesday, November 5, 2008, it became apparent that the US Senate race between incumbent Saxby Chambliss and contender Democrat Jim Martin would result in a runoff, as Chambliss slipped below the 50% mark in counted votes.  Chambliss needs to pick up over 10,000 votes to clear the 50% plus one needed to secure his seat for another term.



Left to right: US Senate seat incumbent Saxby Chambliss and challenger Jim Martin



Jim Martin is a native of Atlanta.  In 1983, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and over the next 18 years, achieved significant legislative accomplishments for Georgians, including the passage of more than 60 major pieces of legislation in the areas of healthcare, family law, civil and criminal justice, education, probate, business law, environmental law, labor law, and tax policy.



Reported race statistics as of Wednesday, November 5, 2008 for the US Senate seat are as follows:


Chambliss – 49.9%

Martin – 46.7%

Libertarian Allen Buckley – 3.4%


Those voters who supported Barack Obama in the presidential election will likely push to add another Democrat to the US Senate body, thus increasing Obama’s effectiveness in the White House.



If there is a run-off, early voting could begin on November 17, with the runoff election being held on December 2, 2008.






You are Visitor #  Hit Counter   Updated Wednesday April 05, 2006 12:40:42



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