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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Republican Saxby Chambliss wins Georgia Senate runoff election

For those of us who prefer divided government, some good news from the U.S. today.

According to the New York Times, incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss has defeated his Democratic opponent, Jim Martin:

With 81 percent of the state’s precincts reporting in Tuesday’s runoff election, Mr. Chambliss had 59 percent of the vote, and his Democratic challenger, Jim Martin, had 41 percent. The margin was far greater than the three percentage points that separated the two men in the Nov. 4 election, when neither got the required 50 percent.

That kills Democratic hopes for a filibuster-proof 60-seat Senate majority.

Alaska governor and former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was busy campaigning for Chambliss in Georgia yesterday.

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on December 2, 2008 in U.S. politics | Permalink


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Posted by: The Stig | 2008-12-02 9:43:34 PM

In related news:

The Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr endorsed Chambliss, who had voted for the PATRIOT Act, the $700 billion bailout and other Bush administration legislation as the "more libertarian" option and on divided government grounds while LP Senate candidate Allen Buckley whose 3.4% of the vote forced the run-off election declined to endorse either Chambliss or his Democratic opponent Jim Martin.


Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-12-02 11:19:02 PM

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