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Chamblis/Martin heading for a run off in GA?
GA Secretary of State ^

Posted on 11/05/2008 6:15:04 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort

At 9:05 AM with 96% of precincts reporting:

Chamblis - 49.8%

Martin - 46.8%

Buckley - 3.4%


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Chamblis had a comfortable lead when I went to bed. Now, the numbers show he's dropped below 50%, which would trigger a run-off election. Looks like the big metro Atlanta counties held back (or manufactured) enough returns to erase Saxby's big lead of last night.

If the percentages hold, you can bet the Dems will pour beaucoup bucks into GA over the next 30 days to make sure lyin' Jim Martin ("Saxby will add a 23% sales tax to everything you buy")takes this seat.

Bummer.

1 posted on 11/05/2008 6:15:06 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort
So in GA a candidate for the Senate not only must get the most votes but must get at least 50.0000001% of the vote? What kind of Barbara Streisand is that?????
2 posted on 11/05/2008 6:18:04 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Leroy S. Mort

The block vote will not turn out for Martin. This will be the same thing that happened in 1992 against Wyche Fowler.


3 posted on 11/05/2008 6:18:18 AM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: MSF BU

For those of us outside of Georgia, can you give more details? I, for one, am very interested in this race and would appreciate your insight as a local.


4 posted on 11/05/2008 6:23:45 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: Leroy S. Mort

98% reporting ...

Saxby Chambliss - R Incumbent 1,771,237 51%
Jim Martin - D 1,631,025 46%
Allen Buckley - L 121,024 3%


5 posted on 11/05/2008 6:25:24 AM PST by Floyd
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To: Floyd

Where are you getting your info? The SOS site still says 49.8% with 96% reporting...


6 posted on 11/05/2008 6:27:39 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Fill us in on this. I once lived in Atlanta, but out of touch with politics there now.

(Actually, I HAVE watched the total destruction of the newspaper there.)

So who is this Buckley person? Any help from there for the right price?

Republican need to turn this into a national effort, soliciting help from everywhere. There are still people out here who would go to Atlanta for a few days to help make this happen.


7 posted on 11/05/2008 6:28:05 AM PST by Rhetorical pi2
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To: luv2ski

The big urban vote from Atlanta comes in last as in most states. It all went against Chambliss plus some conservatives were upset over his vote for the bailout. If a runoff is required he will be a big favorite.


8 posted on 11/05/2008 6:28:25 AM PST by mono
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To: Floyd
That would be nice, but your numbers are not the most recent ones posted on the GA Secretary of State's tally.
9 posted on 11/05/2008 6:28:59 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Rhetorical pi2
So who is this Buckley person? Any help from there for the right price?

Buckley's a Libertarian. I suppose a few hits on the bong might generate some support.

10 posted on 11/05/2008 6:32:06 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort

I think the big rat counties are 100% in now. He won’t need much to get back to 50.


11 posted on 11/05/2008 6:32:08 AM PST by Chet 99
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To: Gay State Conservative

Up to the minute from the GA Sec of State:

United States Senator, Chambliss
96% of precincts reporting
Chambliss R) 1,825,235 49.8%
Martin (D) 1,714,433 46.8%
Buckley (Lib) 125,203 3.4%


12 posted on 11/05/2008 6:32:10 AM PST by slouch-no-more (46.8%)
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To: MSF BU

Exactly, and that was a huge win for Coverdell and the GOP. It gave us hope after the Clinton wipeout.


13 posted on 11/05/2008 6:33:06 AM PST by Boiling Pots (Barack Obama is not your hip black friend)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Damn.

Are they so stupid inside the perimeter that they believe the sales tax lie?

I guess that is why I am in North GA now.


14 posted on 11/05/2008 6:33:58 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights (Stand Up Chuck!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

This is glorious! I was so ticked last night that Chamblis wasn’t heading to a runoff. I cast my vote for the lib. to uphold a promise I made to Saxby back when he stated: “let me educate you on immigration”... I was considering going back on my promise, but then Saxby ignored the voices of constituants state-wide when he signed on to Bush’s bail out bill.

Saxby is one of the biggest Bush kool-aid lackey’s in the senate.

I hope that this does go to run-off. He needs to receive this message loud and clear.

Oh, and for all of you other conservatives across the country railing against GA for not voting Saxby back in, get off your high horses. ‘NIMBY’ is what Saxby is facing right now. He can take his blind Bush worship with him somewhere else, but NOT IN MY BACK YARD.

Looks like 60 DEM seats is out of reach anyway, so I might just get some popcorn instead of voting for Saxby Dec 2nd. The GOP fear machine isn’t enough to persuade me. Sometimes people just need to find something else to do with their lives outside of politics.


15 posted on 11/05/2008 6:35:23 AM PST by conservative_guyz
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To: luv2ski

I’m not a local, I just remember the election. It looks as though Smith, Coleman and Stevens are returning as well.


16 posted on 11/05/2008 6:35:39 AM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Right now Chambliss is showing 50.2% so it may be academic. Even so, without the draw of the presidential election the runoff shouldn’t attract a fraction of the voters that turned out yesterday. Chambliss should win that handily.


17 posted on 11/05/2008 6:36:05 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Leroy S. Mort

If this goes to runoff, 0bama will be down there... but I suspect Chambliss will be begging Palin to make appearances as well.


18 posted on 11/05/2008 6:36:19 AM PST by Chet 99
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
Are they so stupid inside the perimeter that they believe the sales tax lie?

In a word: "Yes".

They ran the same lyin' ads against two fine black conservatives and wiped them out.

19 posted on 11/05/2008 6:37:20 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Gotta love change....not


20 posted on 11/05/2008 6:39:29 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights (Stand Up Chuck!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Where are you seeing >50%? I can’t find anything other than the SOS site.


21 posted on 11/05/2008 6:39:56 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: Non-Sequitur
Right now Chambliss is showing 50.2% so it may be academic.

The official numbers show 49.9% now. Go Saxby (and bring on the lawyers...).

22 posted on 11/05/2008 6:42:01 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Rhetorical pi2

Are we sure the same voters who turned out in huge numbers to make GA close at the presidential level won’t also be there for the runoff? I sure hope not as we need that seat. If Repubs can stay at 44 it isn’t too disastrous.

I am told Martin as is far left a liberal as 0bama. If GA elects him we know it is another sign the nation is just screwed as people have totally gone over to the other side.


23 posted on 11/05/2008 6:43:45 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: conservative_guyz
He needs to receive this message loud and clear.

Yeah, and he'll have 6 years to forget all about it. He should have been seriously challenged in the primaries. That might have gotten his attention. If he's sent back to the Senate, everything about last night's results will be forgotten and cast aside...

24 posted on 11/05/2008 6:45:51 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly. - B. Franklin)
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To: conservative_guyz

You sound like a lot of posters here in 2006. “Teach them a lesson!” blah blah blah. Well, I guess we really showed ‘em, huh? McCain wasn’t my first choice either and he would have driven me crazy had he won but I voted for him b/c I value Republican ideals. Staying home or voting for the Dem in the race doesn’t do us any good.
You feel safe gloating now b/c they didn’t get 60 seats but suppose the GA seat had been the difference? You had no way of knowing that yesterday.
I think it is ridiculous when our side picks an issue and “stands on principle”. Well, stand all you like but if all our voters sit home and pout, we will be routed even more the next time. These elections have huge consequences that effect our daily lives and future generations.


25 posted on 11/05/2008 6:49:13 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: conservative_guyz

Oh and by the way, welcome to Free Republic, newbie.


26 posted on 11/05/2008 6:52:11 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: Leroy S. Mort

So who will the Buckley supporters vote for in the runoff?


27 posted on 11/05/2008 6:56:59 AM PST by TBP
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To: TBP

I wouldn’t count on them voting at all.


28 posted on 11/05/2008 6:57:59 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: luv2ski

You’re right - I had no way of knowing that the DEMs wouldn’t have 60 seats, but that doesn’t change anything.

I’m not gloating, just pleased with the result. These are just people. They are no more important than you or I. That is a fact that Saxby has forgotten. You’d have to be in GA to understand.

I didn’t vote for a DEM. I voted for the LIB who represents as many of my political views as the supposed GOP leaders have. Its a trade off I admit, but I don’t have to sulk about having supported a sell-out GOP senator in my backyard.

It sounds like you’re buying into the myth that last night was a historical election in terms of turn-out. It wasn’t... McCain failed to get the turnout. We all knew that was going to be a problem. Obama DID NOT get many more votes that Bush did in ‘04. 62.4 vs 62.1.

The results last night prove to me that this election WAS WINNABLE by the GOP. Despite 22% pres. approval ratings. Despite the economy, despite everything else. Our problem was that our candidate himself carried a lot of apathy with GOP voters. Anyway, that’s another situation alltogether.


29 posted on 11/05/2008 7:00:01 AM PST by conservative_guyz
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To: TNCMAXQ

you’ve heard correctly about Martin - he is a loony lefty. He’ll lose a run-off, and lose it badly...

He’d be a similar Obama lackey as Chamblis has been a Bush lackey.


30 posted on 11/05/2008 7:01:36 AM PST by conservative_guyz
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To: conservative_guyz

I still disagree with your actions but I took your “lib” reference to mean liberal so you have partially redeemed yourself.


31 posted on 11/05/2008 7:02:28 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: Gay State Conservative; slouch-no-more
You Georgians have gotta help me out here.Is a candidate for the US Senate from Georgia required to get more than 50% of the vote in order to take the seat? I'm confused here.
32 posted on 11/05/2008 7:02:59 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Thermalseeker

I agree 100%. The GOP need to stop with the incumbent worship. The GOP is setup to squash dissent in the primaries and time after time we have candidates run uncontested in the primaries, only to wake up as we get to the generals ticked at the candidate and wish other options were avaiable.


33 posted on 11/05/2008 7:03:09 AM PST by conservative_guyz
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To: Gay State Conservative
Is a candidate for the US Senate from Georgia required to get more than 50% of the vote in order to take the seat?

A candidate must get 50% plus one vote to win the election in GA. If no one gets 50+1, there's a run-off election.

34 posted on 11/05/2008 7:08:36 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: conservative_guyz
The GOP need to stop with the incumbent worship. The GOP is setup to squash dissent in the primaries and time after time we have candidates run uncontested in the primaries, only to wake up as we get to the generals ticked at the candidate and wish other options were avaiable.

Spot on. What a mess. Two thumpin's in a row for most people would be enough to realize the errors of their ways. Somehow, though, I'm not at all optimistic about the Republican Party's future because of their 40+ year history of happily being the minority party. It seems like being the minority party is the only thing "establishment country club" Republicans understand. We got one long row to hoe, that is for sure.....and not a whole lot of time to do it.....

35 posted on 11/05/2008 7:11:02 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly. - B. Franklin)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
A candidate must get 50% plus one vote to win the election in GA. If no one gets 50+1, there's a run-off election.

Thanks.I didn't know that.That's the way they do things in Europe.You Georgians aren't goin' European on us,are you?

36 posted on 11/05/2008 7:11:30 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: luv2ski

The numbers are from the AJC ...

http://projects.ajc.com/election-results/2008/11/04/us-senate/

I agree that they don’t match the SOS office numbers. It seems odd ...


37 posted on 11/05/2008 7:12:05 AM PST by Floyd
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To: luv2ski

I often spell libertarian wrong, so I abbreviated without considering the other common abbreviated term. whoops!


38 posted on 11/05/2008 7:14:09 AM PST by conservative_guyz
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To: Gay State Conservative
You Georgians aren't goin' European on us,are you?

Wrong continent.

39 posted on 11/05/2008 7:15:02 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Gay State Conservative

The Dems put the +50% rules in place when they ruled the state. They did it because they ran uncontested in primaries and wanted the R’s to face run-offs in primaries. As such, the R’s would always face 2 campaigns and would be tapped out (cash/energy) during the general election.


40 posted on 11/05/2008 7:15:43 AM PST by Floyd
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To: Floyd

The AJC numbers are old. Compare the actual vote totals there with the Secy State’s numbers.


41 posted on 11/05/2008 7:16:42 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Floyd
It is odd. The SOS site says Chambliss has 1,832,368 and Martin has 1,717,152 with 96% reporting. It makes no sense that the ajc site says Chambliss has 1,771,237 and Martin 1,631,025 with 98% reporting. Huh?
42 posted on 11/05/2008 7:19:57 AM PST by luv2ski
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Wrong continent.

No,I have the right continent.What do you guys call yourselves....Peach Staters?

43 posted on 11/05/2008 7:24:57 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: luv2ski

The counties to watch are Fulton and DeKalb (City of Atlanta) which went big for Martin and still have 7 unreported precincts. Doubtful that the rest of the unreported precincts in the state can overcome that.


44 posted on 11/05/2008 7:29:48 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort

swell....


45 posted on 11/05/2008 7:30:38 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: luv2ski

CNN gave a vote count with the three major candidates. I did the math myself and came up with 50.2% Could be that they just aren’t including the other third party candidates and my math is off, though CNN IS saying he has 50%.


46 posted on 11/05/2008 7:49:41 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: conservative_guyz
How ‘bout you take your own advice and find something else to do besides politics? I'm sick of the Bush bashing...especially from a stinkin’ newbie.
47 posted on 11/05/2008 7:54:43 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

way to win friends and influence people... deride someone as a ‘newbie’ as a slam to win an argument... classy...

I’d be interested in hearing your defense and support of Bush’s “conservative” policies during his administration.


48 posted on 11/05/2008 8:07:58 AM PST by conservative_guyz
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To: luv2ski

Chambliss

(R)
1,838,903
Martin

(D)
1,721,092
Buckley

(Lib)
126,003
Totals

3,685,998

49.9% 46.7% 3.4% 100.0%


49 posted on 11/05/2008 1:43:39 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: luv2ski

Chambliss

(R)
1,838,903
Martin

(D)
1,721,092
Buckley

(Lib)
126,003
Totals

3,685,998

49.9% 46.7% 3.4% 100.0%


50 posted on 11/05/2008 1:43:42 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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