Georgia Senate runoff election: Chambliss wins
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Published: Tuesday December 2, 2008


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In Georgia's runoff election, Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss fended off his opponent Jim Martin, thus preventing the Democrats from achieving the "magic 60" number in the Senate. Reuters and the Associated Press both called the election for Chambliss.

With 95% of precincts reporting, the Georgia Secretary of State's office on Tuesday night showed Chambliss garnering 57.8% of the vote (1,194,618) and Martin 42.2% (872,983).

The seat, had it gone to Martin, would have been one closer to the 60-seat Senate supermajority equal to the number of votes needed to overrule a filibuster. While that number will not be achieved, Democrats do hold 56 seats, while Republicans have picked up 40 (41 with Chambliss), and Independents 2. Georgia was one of two undecided seats, the other being Minnesota, with a recount in progress to settle the score between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman.

In Georgia, a runoff is required by law if no running candidate gets at least 50% of the vote in the general election.

 
 


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