Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Chambliss Coasts To Victory Over Martin In Georgia
Saxby Chambliss has handily won Georgia's Senate election runoff today. He was narrowly denied victory over Democrat Jim Martin in last month's general election when a Libertarian candidate siphoned off enough votes to deny Chambliss 50% of the vote. Tonight's win means that Democrats will not have 60 votes in the Senate, the number they needed to reach to thwart filibuster efforts by the minority party. It is looking more and more likely that sore loser Al Franken will by hook or crook pull off a win in Minnesota's recount, which initially showed Republican incumbent Norm Coleman the winner. Even if the recount shows Coleman the winner, Franken is signaling he will take the matter to the Senate to decide. The best Democrats can finish this year is with 59 seats, which is 8 more than they had going into this election, if you count Independents Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, who caucus with the Democrats.