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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 5, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The fight continues in Georgia's tough U.S. Senate Race.

With nearly 3.7-million votes, neither candidate received a majority. It's forced the race into a run-off.

It could bring political star power to Georgia, including President-elect Barack Obama who will campaign for Democrat Jim Martin.

Senator Saxby Chambliss Wednesday called the campaign a wild ride. It could get wilder as the runoff will stretch the already aggressively negative campaign another four weeks to December second. The Chambliss campaign wasted no time, and were already working the phones, reminding voters again there's a clear distinction between Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

"We know our philosophy is much more in tune with the way a majority of Georgians think. I think a majority of Georgians have express that between the two of us because we're about 120,000 votes ahead of him," said Senator Saxby Chambliss, (R)-Georgia.

Martin also remained confident saying he's going to win December second because his race is about helping Obama get our economy back on track. He says he won't change his message and will continue standing up for the middle class.

"I will do everything I can to help Barack Obama change Washington and get the economy moving again that starts with standing up for the middle class," said Jim Martin, U.S. Senatorial Candidate.

Chambliss expects in the next four weeks Martin's campaign could be energized by visits from President elect Barack Obama. Chambliss said he'll be looking to counter with this own political star power, but won't say who that might include.

"We're going to be developing our strategy and deciding whether or not we want surrogates to come in and if so who they should be and where they can help us," said Chambliss.

Getting voters back to the polls December second will be both campaigns focus going forward.

"I think folks now will have the opportunity to focus on one race, two candidates. There will be a couple of other run offs I think public service commission and Court of Appeals so we won't be the only race on the ballot," said Chambliss.

It was Senator Saxby Chambliss who said he was a little disheartened that more voters didn't turn out in Georgia for election day. The state's 74 percent turn out was much lower than predicted.

Chambliss said he didn't expect to challenge the election results, even though he's just a tenth of a percent shy of winning the race outright. Four percent of the precincts have yet to be counted.

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