Saxby Chambliss, a first term Republican senator from Georgia, won the hotly contested and absolutely vital senate seat in the Georgia run-off election which took place yesterday December 2, 2008. With 95% of precincts reporting, Chambliss holds a margin of 58% to incumbent Jim Martin's 42%, a win of almost blow-out proportions.
The seat was absolutely vital to conservative interests, in the Republican party's effort to prevent the Democrats from obtaining a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate. This victory also give Washington Republican's s optimism as it does the brakes on the Democratic momentum that had been building.
Republicans were gearing up for the election in true Republican form. There was a superb grass roots effort to get out the vote, and Sarah Palin hosted a slew of Chambliss rallies in the state yesterday. All four of Palin's rallies crowds were estimated to be in the thousands.
One theory for the blow-out this time around, is a poor turnout on the Democrats behalf. Without the allure of Barack Obama, I guess those Dem's found better things to do.
Makes one wonder, just how many uninterested, uninformed and otherwise inactive voters came out on November 5th just to check off the name Obama and how different those results would have been had only people really interested in the political process would have voted.