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Jim Martin Embracing Obama, Black Vote

Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008 10:02 AM

By Jim Meyers

Democrat Jim Martin, seeking to unseat Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia, is invoking President-elect Barack Obama’s name in his ads in an effort to get out the black vote for the Dec. 2 runoff.

In his latest ad, a video clip shows Republican Chambliss saying we “may not be in a recession” at a July campaign event. Martin then accuses Chambliss of opposing Obama’s economic proposals.

“No wonder he opposes the Obama economic recovery plan, and opposes a middle class tax cut,” the ad says. “Jim Martin will help Barack Obama cut taxes for the middle class, and get our economy moving again.”

Although running in a largely conservative state that voted for John McCain on Election Day, Martin not reluctant to tie his campaign to Obama.

“The reason? In runoffs and special elections, turning out the most partisan, base voters is more important than persuading independent-minded voters,” Politico.com observed.

“And if most black voters who turned out in record numbers for Obama come out again and support Martin in the runoff, he’ll have a good chance at winning.”

Obama's campaign has already sent many of his staffers to Georgia to work on Martin's behalf.

Sen. Chambliss, meanwhile, is warning that Senate Democrats will promote an “out-of-control left-wing agenda” if Martin wins and they gain a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority.

And he told Newsmax on Monday that Martin is “locked at the hip” with Obama on the issue of tax increases.

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