Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Saxby saves the Senate. No Dem super-majority in the upper chamber

As predicted here almost 1 month ago, incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss soundly defeated his Democrat challenger Jim Martin in what is shaping up to be a 60%-40% vote differential. Fresh off his own resounding victory, President-Elect Obama pledged his extensive campaign war chest and political machine to assist Martin in the runoff. Obama, himself, was noticeably absent during this campaign, however. One would assume he was reluctant to add his face to what was surely a difficult pickup for his party.

Now the focus goes to the Senate recount being conducted in Minnesota between another incumbent Republican, Norm Coleman and his Democrat challenger, alleged comedian Al Franken. Last update had Coleman strengthening his extremely slight lead. The Franken camp is hinting they may dispute the recount, claiming 1,000 absentee ballots that had to be thrown out should, in fact, be counted. This one could get ugly.

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