Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss remains in an extremely tight race against Democrat Jim Martin in the Dec. 2 Georgia Senate runoff, according to a new Politico/InsiderAdvantage poll.
The Politico poll finds Chambliss ahead by just 3 points, 50 percent to 47 percent, with a 4-point margin of error.
“This thing’s going to be a nail-biter. We don’t know who’s going to turn out and we don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but it’s going to be a close race,” InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery told Politico.
Political strategists suggest the race is so close that voter turn out on this off-Election Day will be crucial.
The Obama campaign has kept open its 25 presidential campaign offices to help Martin.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Chambliss Tuesday on the campaign stump.
“We’ve got to make sure we don’t give (U.S. Sen.) Harry Reid and (U.S. Rep.) Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Washington, D.C., a blank check,” Giuliani said at a Chambliss news conference Tuesday. “If we give them a blank check, they will sign that check and be taking money out of our pockets.”
The Georgia race has drawn national attention as Republicans fear that may not have enough votes to sustain a filibuster in the Senate to block Democratic legislation. With 58 Democratic votes in the Senate and races in Georgia and Minnesota yet to be decided, the Democrats are within a breadth of the 60 votes they need to end filibusters.
Obama has yet to show up in Georgia in support of Martin, though he has voiced a radio ad for the Democrat.
Donna Brazile, who has been advising Martin, has counseled against Obama's overt intervention.
“I think President-elect Obama is doing what he must do and what he needs to do — it’s to focus on his transition,” she said. “He has 56 days. He has many challenges.”
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