Georgia: Presidential Race Still Smoldering in Runoff

Posted November 7, 2008 at 5:56pm

The presidential race may be over, but it’s still being waged in at least one venue: the Peach State’s Senate runoff.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) faces a Dec. 2 runoff with former state Rep. Jim Martin (D) after Chambliss was unable to cross the 50 percent threshold in Tuesday’s election. With almost all votes counted, Chambliss was ahead with 49.8 percent compared with 46.8 percent for Martin.

Both sides had ramped up and were campaigning vigorously by the end of last week.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has committed to campaign for Chambliss, while Martin is seeking to tie himself to President-elect Obama in TV ads.

Meanwhile, Chambliss is airing an ad attacking Martin on taxes and the conservative 501(c)(4) Freedom’s Watch is also on the air hitting Martin.

Last week the Club for Growth political action committee endorsed Chambliss, though it remains unclear whether they will devote resources to helping him win re-election.