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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - John McCain is coming to Georgia to campaign for Senator Saxby Chambliss. He'll headline a rally in Cobb County Thursday.

His appearance shows the national importance of this Georgia race. But how important is the runoff between Chambliss and Jim Martin to voters? We found some surprising results.

When we spoke to college students at Albany State University, they all told us they voted in the Presidential election last week.

"People felt the election between Obama/McCain was life or death," says ASU Sophomore Gerald Spikes.

 But the race for Georgia's senate seat isn't over. There will almost certainly be a runoff. But are people even aware?

"No ma'am. Because it was such a big event. This isn't a historic election right here. The other one was," said ASU Junior Richard Spikes.

Of the students we spoke with, Spikes, is the only one who was somewhat confident about who was in the runoff. "Wasn't it Jim Martin and Chambliss?"

Sophomore Gerald Davis called the Senate race mediocre, but still plans to vote December second.

Still, he doesn't; seem enthusiastic. "I'm not going to say I don't care, but I haven't really looked into it."

And the feeling is similar among his friends. "It's not the same," says ASU Sophomore Beauvyon Swain. "The Presidential election was a historic event, whereas you have the Chambliss, Martin election which is kind of, I don't want to say regular, but it's kind of in the norm of a regular election."

These students say they'll go to the polls on election day. But will others?

"I don't think people will show up for the election," says Lashonda Long, an ASU Freshman.

But the fate of the senate seat is up to those who do decide to show up.

Jim Martin's campaign has asked Barack Obama to come to Georgia on his behalf but has not received any commitment yet.

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