In an unsurprising turn of events, Jim Martin has lost the Senate runoff in Georgia to Saxby Chambliss. It’s really too bad, because, as you well know, Chambliss is a really awful guy with a gross record and a shameful 2002 election legacy.
Unfortunately for Martin, his chances were low from the beginning. Not only is Georgia a pretty red state, but this was a runoff that was in many ways unnecessary. When you consider that the Minnesota Senate race may be decided by a mere 17 votes, it seems a bit silly that the only reason Chambliss and Martin were forced into a runoff is because neither received over 50% of the vote. Chambliss won, by many alternate measures, on November 4th. Not that I think the runoff should have been called off, but it would have taken an intervening events of seismic proportions to change the outcome here.
That’s not to say I don’t think Georgia doesn’t have a blue future. Certainly compared to Arkansas and Oklahoma the state voted in a bluer way than would have been expected by many outsiders. It’s a very diverse state, with a plethora of ideologies and ideas. But it’s no Ohio. That’s for sure. We voted for Obama.