Chambliss Wins Re-Election in Ga. News Wire

ATLANTA, Dec. 2, 2008 — U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., won a tough re-election, fending off a Democratic challenger in today’s runoff.

“I’m excited to be the first race that leads us into the 2010 campaign because it’ll be a tough fight,” Chambliss said, according to The Associated Press.

Chambliss was winning with 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger Jim Martin, a former state lawmaker.

Under Georgia law, a candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote. Because of a Libertarian challenger in the Nov. 4 general election, neither Chambliss nor Martin netted 50 percent.

Chambliss’ re-election guarantees at least 41 Republicans in the Senate, meaning Democrats will not have a filibuster-proof 60 seats.

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