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McCain in ATL for Chambliss rally as election results are certified

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Republican President candidate John McCain makes a campaign stop in Atlanta for Senator Saxby Chambliss as the results of the November 4th election are certified.

The run off in the U.S. Senate Race between Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin is official since Chambliss only secured 49.8 percent of the vote.

In Atlanta, the doors closed at the Chambliss rally an hour before the event was scheduled to start because the crowd was already at capacity. The event is larger than a McCain rally held at the Cobb Energy Center in February.

Political experts say voters need to see big names in the party to get them excited about voting in a run off election.

"These big names do have a lot of influence, it's sort of the coat tail effect, where they can come in, reinvigorate the base and say you know if you actually look at the raw numbers McCain did quite well in Georgia so McCain himself specifically can stimulate the republican base," said Sarah Kuck, Darton College Political Science Instructor.

A U.S. Senate runoff is considered to me a marginal election, one that won't bring out more than 55 percent of the vote. Democrat Challenger Jim Martin has issued an invitation to President elect Barack Obama.

While aides to Obama have made their way to Georgia, there's been no word of a potential visit. Governor Mike Huckabee headline al rally Sunday for Chambliss.

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