President Clinton Hits The Trail For Georgia Democrat

Most political pundits agree.

If the Georgia Senate race between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin goes to a December run-off, money from both sides of the aisle will flow through the Peach State like the Chattahoochee River.

However, both campaigns have indicated that they don't want the election to go into overtime.  They want a win in regulation [Source:  Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Runoff for Senate seat could make Georgia `center of the universe'", October 23, 2008].

The desire by Saxby Chambliss and the Republicans to score a victory on November 4th has resulted in his campaign stepping up his attacks on the Democrat as election day nears.  Chambliss has aired 3 consecutive ads criticizing Jim Martin on a variety of issues from taxes to the local issue of deepening the Savannah harbor  [Source:  Savannah Morning News, "Saxby Chambliss ad slams Jim Martin for opposing deepening Savannah's harbor", October 23, 2008].

In addition, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), Freedom's Watch and the Trust In Small Business PAC have all launched independent ad campaigns benefiting Chambliss [Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Freedom watch took the high road, the NRSC chooses the low one, with an attack on Martin", October 22, 2008; Atlanta Journal Constitution, "A Freedom Watch ad for Saxby Chambliss", October 21, 2008; Georgia Politics Unfiltered, "Small Business Group Announces T.V. Ad Campaign For Saxby Chambliss", October 21, 2008].

However, Jim Martin has stepped up his game as well, bringing in former President Bill Clinton for a fundraiser Saturday evening.

In an email to supporters, the Martin for Senate campaign wrote, "Things are moving quickly in our campaign to defeat Saxby Chambliss, and we have exciting news to report: President Bill Clinton will be coming to Georgia to campaign with me this Saturday, October 25th!"

President Clinton's visit will be the second high-profile surrogate to hit the trail for Jim Martin within the past week.  Virginia Sen. Jim Webb came down to Georgia Tuesday morning and endorsed Jim Martin's candidacy saying that Martin didn't need to attend a committee meeting to learn about military service [Source:  Georgia Politics Unfiltered, "Virginia Sen. Jim Webb Endorses Jim Martin", October 21, 2008].

Real Clear Politics ranks Georgia's Senate race as a toss-up and CQ Politics recently downgraded the race from Republican-favored to Republican-leaning.

Update [2008-10-23 12:11:17 by Jerome Armstrong]: More on Georgia, via Democracy Corps today:

Why Democrats can win in Georgia this Year

Barack Obama has no business winning in Georgia this year. Neither does U.S. Senate candidate Jim Martin. Yet both Democrats are within striking range in a state President Bush carried by 17 points in 2004, and where in the last six years Republicans replaced Democrats in both Senate seats, and won the governor’s office for the first time since Reconstruction. John McCain leads Barack Obama by just two points (44 – 46 percent) and Jim Martin trails incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss by just 4 points, 44 – 48 percent.

Tags: ads, Bill Clinton, Georgia, Jim Martin, Jim Webb, saxby chambliss, U.S. Senate (all tags)

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by Andre Walker 2008-10-23 06:58AM | 0 recs
For those who ..

continue to bash Bill that he hasn't 'done enough', or isn't 'doing enough', take note.

Former President Clinton is owed apologies from this election cycle in SO many ways!

by emsprater 2008-10-23 07:36AM | 0 recs
Re: For those who ..

Sorry, but I am not so sure that Bill Clinton is the right person to be winning people over in Georgia.  I think Jon Tester would do a much better job of building enthusiasm among rural White voters.
There is still a lot of dislike towards Clinton here in Georgia.  I know several people who are leaning towards Obama, but do not like Bill Clinton.

I think Bill is better off trying to  help win Arkansas and West Virginia

by gavoter 2008-10-23 10:20AM | 0 recs
Re: For those who ..

I went to High School in NW GA, College at Dalton when it was a Jr College, partied my ass off all over Atlanta, and have many, many friends, family and contacts there still.

The Big Dog is the man to remind folks in GA how much better off they were during his time as President.  Boob Barr and Newt spent so much time sowing seeds of hate there that caught on, I rather think that now most folks don't really care about a President being seduced by a fat girl in a thong.

by emsprater 2008-10-23 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re: President Clinton Hits The Trail For Georgia D

He's also going to KY for Bruce Lunsford tomorrow.

He and Hil' have really been taking a burden off of Obama on stumping for the downticket campaigns.  Not only is that a huge help to our side, but it's likely to create a group of freshmen Senators who feel indebted to Hillary, which will help her if she wants leadership roles down the line.

If she does the same stump work in 2010, she ought to have enough intra-caucus support for Whip or Leader within her next term at the latest.

by Jay R 2008-10-23 08:15AM | 0 recs
Forego West Virginia, and come to Georgia!

West Virginia doesn't have either the urban, suburban, African American, or youth vote (not to mention Latino) that Georgia has.  We're two points down in Georgia; many more in West Virginia.

I don't mind Obama putting resources into West Virginia, but I'd bet on Georgia turning blue before West Virginia (though both are long shots).  

You should see the early voting of African Americans here.  People are very, very determined and mobilized to vote Obama.  I haven't seen anything like it.

by maconblue 2008-10-23 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Forego West Virginia, and come to Georgia!

Additionally White voters who would not vote for a Black man would most assuredly not vote for any Democrat anyway.

I am glad to see things are also very enthused down in Bibb County, things are crazy excited in DeKalb.

by gavoter 2008-10-23 10:23AM | 0 recs

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