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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 1, 2008

PERRY, GA (WALB) - Georgia runoff elections are here and candidates are pulling out all the stops. Alaska Governor Sara Palin is in Georgia to campaign for Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss.

She made stops in four cities Monday urging voters to help Chambliss hold on to his seat in the senate. She was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry Monday afternoon.  

The crowd at the Georgia National Fairgrounds swelled to more than three-thousand. While many Republicans already support Senator Saxby Chambliss, they came from southwest and middle Georgia to see the republican party's new star.

 "We wanted to see Sarah. We've seen Saxby before," said Joe Shiver of Sylvester. 

"I think she tells it like it is, regardless of who it affects," said Joan Cash of Doerun.

"She's a big draw, but the main thing we're here for is to get Saxby back in that Senate," says Jerry Swift of Hawkinsville.

They planned to do that waving signs of, "Read my lipstick vote for Sax" and energizing people to vote. The cheers as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took the stage were long and loud. Palin got right to the point explaining the national importance of this run off and pointed out everyone will be watching to see what Georgia voters do.

"See Georgia I hope that you understand it's not just about your state, it's about the entire United States of America and our future," Palin said. "See, if our new President and Congress seek to raise taxes for instance we need the Senator from Georgia to vote no on a nonsensical tax hike for you and all of our citizens.

Palin explained sending Chambliss back to Washington is a chance for the Republican party to renew its hope with voters and make sure Chambliss' vote for them counts in Washington.

"That one vote, his vote could make the difference for all of you and make the difference in the entire U.S. economy," said Palin.

Chambliss says the next 24 hours are critical. "We need 41 votes in the Senate to make sure that it is a filibuster proof Senate and it's just critically important that this election be won and be held in republican hands."

Four weeks since the election and after four stops across the state with Palin he feels confident and energized as voters head to the polls.

This wasn't Sarah Palin's first trip to Georgia. She was here eight months ago when her son graduated from boot camp at Ft. Benning.

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