Georgia stasis

This US Senate runoff campaign in Georgia sure is exciting!

Incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss leads his Democratic challenger, Jim Martin, 50% to 47%, according to a Politico/InsiderAdvantage poll.

In the first round, held concurrent with the presidential election on 4 November, Chambliss won 49.8% to Martin’s 46.8%. (Libertarian Buckley won 3.4% and two other candidates combined for 65 votes.)

The runoff is on 2 December. I am so excited that I am not sure I can stand this suspense for another week!

4 thoughts on “Georgia stasis

  1. Looking at the data more closely…

    Even in the general election, Martin ran more than 85,000 votes behind Obama, whose own performance was quite an achievement resulting from high Democratic turnout.

    Despite the 85,000 vote gap between Obama and Martin, their percentages were about the same in Nov. 4. In other words, there was less interest in the Senate race, even a month ago. No surprise there. There was even less interest in the runoff. Even less surprise there.

    __
    Presidency

    McCain (R)
    2,048,744

    Obama (D)
    1,844,137

    Barr (Lib)
    28,812

    Total
    3,924,432

    Percentages
    52.2%, 47.0% , 0.7%

    Senate (first round)

    Chambliss (R)
    1,867,090

    Martin (D)
    1,757,419

    Buckley (Lib)
    128,002

    Totals
    3,752,576

    Percentages
    49.8%, 46.8%, 3.4%

    Senate (runoff)

    Chambliss (R)
    1,220,876

    Martin(D)
    905,650

    Totals
    2,126,526

    Percentages
    57.4%, 42.6%

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