Monday, March 31, 2008

Martin’s entry changes odds in Senate race

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:04 PM

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FORMER REP. JIM MARTIN: Taking on Chambliss

(photo by Joeff Davis)

Jim Martin’s recent leap into the U.S. Senate race against Saxby Chambliss suddenly gives Democrats what they’ve long been pining for: a viable challenger for a winnable Senate seat against a vulnerable Republican incumbent. Martin, a former state legislator from Atlanta, is best known to many Georgians as the nice-guy candidate for lieutenant governor who ended up losing a respectful race to Casey Cagle. But Martin’s status as a Vietnam veteran is likely to serve him well against Chambliss, who avoided the war through deferments. Although Martin is a latecomer to a race crowded with Democrats — including DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones and ex-WSB-TV reporter Dale Cardwell – he’s expected to receive the blessing of the Washington, D.C.-based Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which recruited Martin to oust Chambliss. Martin’s immediate challenge will be in raising funds against an incumbent who already has more than $4 million in his war chest.

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