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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Martin: 'We're in a runoff'

Even with all votes for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat yet to be counted, Democratic nominee Jim Martin  told reporters Wednesday afternoon he and incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss are in a runoff.

"The runoff race begins right now," Martin said, adding that he would not request a recount and instead let the numbers speak for themselves.

Earlier in the day, Chambliss told the AJC he's not ready to concede to a runoff but that he's in "full campaign mode." As of this writing, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel's website shows 96 percent of precincts report the race 49.9-46.7 in Chambliss' favor. Libertarian nominee Allen Buckley garnered 3.4 percent of the vote.

Martin said he's been in touch with Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. If Chambliss' lead remains below 50 percent, look for heavy campaigning from the President-elect and other SeantoGeorgia will surely be placed in the national spotlight as Democrats attempt to add another Senate seat.

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