I might as well point out another race, this one for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss (R).
Chambliss won the seat in 2002, running against incumbent Max Cleland. Cleland is a triple amputee from his time serving in the Vietnam War; he lost his limbs when a grenade went off in close-proximity. Back in 2002, Republicans were running on the jingoist/patriotism platform, and sadly Chambliss was able to exploit this for his victory. He ran ads in Georgia that painted Cleland as unpatriotic by virtue of his being a member of the Democratic Party — how this worked, I’m not sure. I was living in Georgia at the time, and was lucky (or unlucky) enough to be at the Georgia Democratic Victory Defeat Party in Downtown Atlanta, where I saw Cleland. Let’s just say it was a sad night.
In any case, Chambliss has bizarrely high approval ratings among Georgians now, and does not seem especially susceptible to the general-Republican malaise taking place in most Senate races. His opponent, Jim Martin, is a long time member of Georgia politics. He is also, somewhat ironically, a Vietnam vet. I don’t know a whole lot about Martin, and since I’ve moved from Georgia I haven’t followed Chambliss particularly closely. I am eager, however, to see Chambliss booted out.