With the Dec. 2 run-off election between Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin fast approaching, the competition in Georgia is becoming incredibly fierce.
At stake is the senate seat now held by Chambliss, Republicans fear it could turn Democratic.
Democrats will hold at least 58 seats in the U.S. Senate come January. A Chambliss defeat would bring it to 59 – just one vote shy of a filibuster-proof hold by Democrats.
The Democrats continue to pour massive resources into Georgia hoping to defeat the incumbent Chambliss. Political strategists say voter turnout will be key.
Here are the latest developments:On Sunday, former Vice President Al Gore stumped for Martin. This followed a visit earlier in the week by former President Bill Clinton.Barack Obama began airing radio ads for Martin, largely targeted at the African-American community.Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani campaigned this past week for Chambliss. Between Oct. 16 and Nov.12, FEC filings show that Martin raised $2.4 million to Chambliss' $1.9 million.The National Republican Trust PAC (GOPtrust.com) launched a new TV ad tying Martin to Obama and Pelosi's plan for new taxes on the wealthy, abortion rights and gun control. Liberal activist groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Service Employees International Union, the League Of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have sent more than $1.7 million to help Martin.
Once thought a safe seat, the GOP is no longer sure about Georgia. Republicans have already seen the Alaska seat held by Republican Ted Stevens slip away, and Republican Norm Coleman's lead in Minnesota has dwindled to less than 200 votes.
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