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Saxby earns resounding victory, vows to work with Obama

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 3, 2008

COBB COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Georgia voters have spoken, re-electing Saxby Chambliss to a second term as Georgia's senior Senator in the U.S. Senate.  It's a race that's Republicans had called a must win in an attempt to keep the democrats from a super majority in the Senate. 

Tuesday night at the Cobb Energy Center, Chambliss thanked his supporters and volunteers who he said put in a difficult four weeks to beat democrat Jim Martin. 

A roar from the crowd marked Chambliss return to the Senate.  It was a race republicans felt everything was riding on and so did the voters.  GA Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett didn't get his absentee ballot in time, so he drove 180 miles to Albany just to vote.  

"I believe we need not to let the Democrats have a filibuster proof Senate.  We need a stop gap," he said.

Now they've got one in Senator Saxby Chambliss, who again said he's willing to work with the President-elect Obama-- as long as it's legislation that benefits Georgians.

"When he comes forward with issues that are in the best interest of  Georgians, I look forward to working with him and I will but when he comes forward with issues that are not in the best interest of Georgians, whether it's raising taxes or cutting the defense budget, then I'm going to stand up and say hey," Chambliss says.

Both candidates knew the vote went would depend on who cast ballots.

"It's all about turnout, it's all about getting out the voters who believe like me that we need to have change in Washington," said Democrat Jim Martin in defeat.

In the end Martin, congratulated his old college friend and fraternity brother.  Chambliss said his attention will turn from campaigning to efforts like following through on his proposal for energy independence.

"I'm committed to making sure that group stays together and I'm really going to put some emphasis and focus on that," said Chambliss.

The national attention gained by Georgia's Senate race will now turn to the Minnesota Senate race that could remain in doubt until at least next week.