GA-Sen: Time To Get Your Run-Off On

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With Georgia general election results certified, the Dec. 2nd run-off is now officially official. Jim Martin has details of where and when one can vote at his website HERE.

As we've noted before, even before the official certification of results, the run-off between Chambliss and Martin has been engaged for days with both candidates exploiting their respective party's presidential candidates in their own way.

Martin released an ad casting himself as Obama's partner in change and uses Obama's name no fewer than three times in his fundraising ask on his website:

Now we're headed to a runoff, and we need you to redouble your efforts if we're going to win on December 2nd, because this race is going to be about helping President-elect Barack Obama get our economy back on track and making the economy work for the middle class again.

America has elected Barack Obama President, and now is the time for us to help him succeed. Saxby Chambliss has promised to do everything he can to stop Barack Obama from succeeding. We face the biggest challenges of the past 60 years - let's work together to solve them. In the Senate I'll do what's best for Georgia, what's best for this country, and what's best for the middle class who've been ignored the past eight years.

Notice that Martin is also echoing Obama's winning economic message of rebuilding the middle class, which is a funny sort of contrast with McCain's rhetoric during his appearance on behalf of Chambliss today, in which he rehashed his own failed economic message about cutting spending.

Republican John McCain implored Georgia voters Thursday to back Sen. Saxby Chambliss in next month's runoff, warning that Democrats will increase taxes and cut defense spending and the GOP needs to strengthen its ranks.

"I didn't think I'd be back on the campaign trail quite this early," McCain told some 1,500 people in his first political appearance since losing the presidency to Barack Obama last week. "But there is a lot at stake here. ... I'm asking you to go into battle one more time." [...]

His voice rising, McCain told the crowd that Chambliss, a first-term senator, "is doing what we Republicans should have done for eight years and that's restrain spending." And in a commentary on his Election Day loss, the Arizona senator added, "We let spending get out of control and it cost us a lot of our conservative base."

But the fact is that McCain did win Georgia, so perhaps the fact that his economic message fell flat nationally is irrelevant. What is likely to be most relevant in this run-off is organization and turnout. As Sean Quinn explains over at, run-offs and special elections inevitably have lower turnout than the general election main event does and so the big question is:

...will more Chambliss voters drop off or will more Martin voters drop off? That's the unknown. In wave years I'd tend to bet with the wave party, but I'm nowhere near ready to conclude Martin will win.

Help Jim Martin out at our Road To 60 ActBlue page. Still need 28 donors to reach our end of week goal of 60 donors for the guy who just might be our 60th vote.

Tags: GA-Sen, Jim Martin, saxby chambliss (all tags)



Re: GA-Sen: Time To Get Your Run-Off On

I really hope Obama will make at least one campaign appearance with Martin in Atlanta.  I can understand for a variety of reasons why Obama won't want to go there and campaign for several days, but I think one highly-publicized trip to Georgia could make a big difference.  Yes, there are more people in Georgia who voted against Obama than for him, but a run-off election like this is all about motivating people and getting them to vote, and I think a visit by Obama could be extremely helpful in that regard.

by markjay 2008-11-13 03:34PM | 0 recs
If Obama could find a way

to fire up the African Americans and get them to vote that would be great.  Martin needs a huge black turnout to have a chance.  

by Kent 2008-11-13 04:22PM | 0 recs
Re: If Obama could find a way

Right you are Kent--Martin needs to hang the Max Cleland episode of 2002 that was engineered by K. Rove around Saxby's neck. I would run and ad stressing that this slime ball Repugnant was sleeping safely in his Frat House along with Dick Cheney while Max was getting blown up by the Commie RPG round. Its time to shove these draft dodging liars up the butt with the truth--i.e. no where is a combat zone in modern warfare is there a 'safe' place to be..I would even rework the Osama Bin Laden ad Chambliss used and turn it around on him--where is Osama now? Why hasn't Chambliss found him--how many veterans had their benefits reduced by Bush--do the Obama strategy on him and hang his record of voting with Bush around his neck like we did with McCain.

by hddun2008 2008-11-13 08:00PM | 0 recs
Re: If Obama could find a way

All attack--All the time
That is what this election has been about mostly.

I appreciate the enthusiasm that those from outside Georgia have, but trust me, from those of us in Georgia more negative advertising is not going to get anyone fired up.

The Negatives of both candidates have skyrocketed since this summer.  More negative advertising is only going to depress turnout even further.    The attitude of many right now is a pox on both their houses.

I do not know any Republicans looking to prevent Martin because he is another Democrat helping Obama.   As I have stated before, this is not 1992.

Martin has recently run a few positive ads that I think might actually help with his base.  Chambliss' only ads are about Martin raising taxes and defending his 'fair tax' idea.

Democrats are definitely more enthused about getting rid of Chambliss than Republicans are of keeping him, but it still does not mean we are going to have turnout.

by gavoter 2008-11-14 06:23AM | 0 recs
Re: GA-Sen: Time To Get Your Run-Off On

In a runoff like this, the Dems better do lots of attack ads because the Chambliss bunch will do it. In a runoff its all about turnout. If you can convince your loyal fans that the other guy likes to have sex with space aliens, you have a chance to mobilize the base. That is the big lesson lost on McCain's campaign--the Presidential campaign was run like a Primary--as in this runoff election--the two are much different beasts. If Dole had gotten into a runoff with Hagan, she would have turned on the attack ads big time. Her ad which said that Hagan was an AntiChrist would have gotten the wackjob rightwing zealots out in huge numbers in a runoff election. Martin needs to attack early and often to convince blacks and others of the disgraceful election of this mongrel dog Chambliss in 2002 so it doesn't get repeated.

by hddun2008 2008-11-13 07:36PM | 0 recs
Re: GA-Sen: Time To Get Your Run-Off On

I appreciate the enthusiasm to get to 60 in the Senate - I share it.  Being from GA, I am 1,000,000% behind Jim Martin.  However, if you feel as I do that Joe Lieberman needs to be stripped of his commitee chairmanship, and when he walks away from the caucus for that, so be it, isn't 59 the best we can do at this time?

by CLLGADEM 2008-11-14 04:16AM | 0 recs


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