Election 2008

Saxby Chambliss
Ga. Sen. Saxby Chambliss with supporters on election night.

Unofficial Results Suggest Chambliss Staying in Senate

November 05, 2008 12:20 AM
by Emily Coakley
Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia appears to have defeated his challenger, Jim Martin.

Incumbent Saxby Chambliss appears to have kept his U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, according to unofficial election results posted on CNN.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Chambliss had 55 percent of the vote, while Jim Martin had just over one million votes, or 41 percent of votes cast, CNN reported.

Chambliss, who is running for a second term, was among Republicans who were facing close races, according to findingDulcinea. The race was close early on, but Chambliss' lead grew as more precincts reported.

On Election Day, a WMAZ/USA Today poll projected Chambliss with 48 percent of the vote to Martin’s 44 percent, according to WMAZ.

Key Players: The candidates

Saxby Chambliss

Chambliss was elected to the Senate in 2002 after being elected to the House in the 1994 Republican revolution. He is a lawyer who earned his legal degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law after graduating from the University of Georgia.

Jim Martin

Martin grew up in Georgia, and studied at the University of Georgia. He is an Army veteran and a lawyer, and also spent 18 years in the Georgia State House. He was also head of the state’s Department of Human Resources.

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