While We’re At It

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.

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3 responses to “While We’re At It

  1. A couple of polls had Martin within shouting distance, both showed a 6 point lead for Chambliss. That it could be that close with Chambliss relatively popular is remarkable. I don’t have much hope, but hey, you never know.

  2. Chambliss: The Moron of the South. 100% follower of our leader. Martin is a wonderful guy and should be elected, but won’t be. Certainly not in this backward State..

  3. I have slightly more faith in this race than I did a few months ago.

    For better of for worse Obama sees something in GA and refuses to pull out, giving the state attention will therefore give the Senate race attention and hopefully may shine more light onto Saxby’s record.

    Nate Silver at 538.com pegs the race at a 90% win rate for Chambliss. (Mark Warner wins in 100% of his simulations). Thus there is hope.

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