Monday, December 1, 2008

Georgia Senate Runoff

The election that I described here will be held tomorrow. There will be a runoff between Republican incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss and his Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on a poll showing Chambliss ahead 53% to 46%, but the big question mark is turnout. Historically, voter turnout for runoff elections in Georgia has been significantly lower than for the initial vote at the general election. It could go either way, depending on which party is better able to herd its voters to the polls.

A Martin victory would keep alive Democrats' hopes of reaching a 60-40 Senate majority. That would also require an Al Franken victory in the Minnesota race, for which a recount is underway.

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