(CNN) – Nine days after losing the presidential election to Barack Obama, John McCain is back on the campaign trail.
The former GOP presidential nominee will stump for fellow Republican senator Saxby Chambliss today in Georgia.
The freshman senator most likely faces a run-off election December 2 against Democrat Jim Martin, a former state lawmaker.
At the start of the campaign, Chambliss was the heavy favorite in the race. But the contest tightened, and neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day, thanks in part to a third-party candidate who won 3 percent of the vote. The race appears headed to a runoff between Chambliss and Martin.
The runoff is expected to become official later this week, after the state certifies the election results. Unofficial tallies show Chambliss with 49.8 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent plus one vote need to win. Martin has 46.8 percent of the vote.
McCain will join Chambliss at a campaign rally in suburban Atlanta this afternoon. McCain won Georgia's presidential vote 52 percent to 47 percent. President Bush carried the state by 17 points in his 2004 re-election victory.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is expected to campaign for Chambliss in Georgia this weekend, and an appearance by another former Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is also possible.
Martin is hoping that President-elect Obama will come down to Georgia for an assist. While there's no guarantee that will happen, Obama is dispatching campaign aides to Georgia to help Martin in his runoff efforts.
A victory by the Democrats in Georgia could help determine if the party reaches its goal of reaching 60 Senate seats, which would give the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the chamber. A filibuster is a move that allows the minority party in the Senate to stall and even block votes on legislation. Sixty votes are needed to overcome a filibuster.
He should go unreported!
With all due respect to McCain, he is the looser here. I can't see for the life of me how helpful he will be to this guy. Now, flip the coin, If President-Elect Barack was to the do the same (which I understand he will not do but his surrogates will do instead), I would expect a better result.
Senator McCain, Saxby Chambliss is nothing more than an unpatriotic simpleton that craves power and tramples over anyone that gets in his way. Please do America a favor and throw this loon under the bus where the creep belongs. What he did to the good Senator Cleeland, a fellow vet who sacrificed for this country, is inexcusable.
It's sad that right now third party candidates can only play the role of the spoiler, or just waste everyone's time and money. Now, the only two viable candidates will have to spend more time and resources, and all the voters will have to spend more time to vote again.
Will Joe Lieberman be joining?
Losers of the world unite!
O boy...McCain helping Chambliss:) If he stumbles around like he did in the Presidential election Martin should take it easily!
I can honestly say I don't miss you john or your clueless pathological lying running mate at all.
It's obvious that mccain has lost any integrity he may have ever had. He called the ads that Chambliss ran against Cleland "despicable" – but yet now he can campaign for him. That says a lot about Mccain. Shameful.
Please leave Palin behind!
Could we please, please, get Palin and McCain out of the headlines. Can't take anymore of either one of them.
To all you people to include many woman who are bashing Palin give it up. The only reason all of the woman groups dislike her is A) She doesnt look like the typical liberal woman (Short haired and manly looking) and B) She doesnt believe in killing babies.
Give it rest I thought you were the party of Peace, love, Gay and happy
McCain is campaigning for the republican victory in Georgia to prevent the democrats gaining 60 seats in the senate. He is counting on using the sympathy he gained from republican voters on losing the presidential bid. There is the GOP brain behind this.
It's clearly dementia. His memory of just nine days ago is gone.
Maybe he's also trying to redeem himself – getting into bed with Karl Rove was the biggest mistake of his political life. The nastiness didn't work this time (for the Repubs) and I don't think McCain truly was all that comfortable with it. It showed at times – in the end it was his campaign and those were his decisions – as he said on election night.
MCCain and his running mate need to take a long vacation. They have insulted everyone's intelligence! Country First, Mavericks, Reform, Change, I lost count. Which one was it?
The Presidential race is over. Isn't it about time for McCain to pack up and head back to the Senate.
Will you please quit talking about palin, she is old news and not good news at that.
McCain in my opinion is a moron for introducing Sarah Palin to the country. She's an idiot, but doesn't know it. If she starts one more sentence with "Being that", I'll throw up.
When she speaks I flip the channel because I don't want my kids to pick up improper English from a so called "leader". Send her back to Alaska and don't continue to annoy us.
McCain wants to insure that another Democrat is elected to the senate.
Saxby Chandliss, the triple-deferment candidate, defeated a triple-amputee Vietnam Vet by calling him a "traitor to his country".
After 9/11, Chandliss suggested that the Georgia State Patrol pull over every car from New York with Muslims in it and throw them in jail.
In 6 years in the Senate, this bigoted cowardly buffoon has done NOTHING for the State of Georgia.
Wake up Georgians! With a Democratically controlled Congress, Georgia will be on the short end of the stick unless we elect an effective Senator – Jim Martin.
Perhaps Martin doesn't have that "Boss Hawg" Dukes of Hazzard Good 'ole Boy (fake) persona that Chamliss has, but frankly, is that the direction Georgia wants to go in the next decade?
If Chambliss wins in Georgia and the Democrats fail to reach the 60 Senate seats they'd like, Silly Sarah can somehow worm her way into the Senate and become the Designated Filibustress - perfect job for her - talk and talk and talk and say NOthing!
This is another sign that McCain has sold his soul.
In 2003, Chambliss was running against Max Cleland, and ran one of the dirtiest smear-laden campaigns ever.
[A] television spot on behalf of the Chambliss campaign accused
Cleland, a triple amputee and Vietnam veteran, of lacking the "courage to lead" for not backing all of President Bush's Homeland Security amendments. It showed pictures of Cleland after those of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
"I'd never seen anything like that ad," said Sen. McCain, himself a
Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war, in July 2003. "Putting pictures
of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield. It's worse than disgraceful. It's reprehensible."
But I guess it is ok to campaign for this reprehensible character in 2008.
We're really looking forward to having these bozos come down here and tell us how to vote. You betcha, wink wink. Keep your cameras ready, CNN. You may see someone sic a dog on a former candidate for president before this is over.
Seriously? Chambliss has been a sad sack senator with nothing much to show his constituents, and he rode into office by kicking a man in a wheelchair. On the other hand Martin managed to come out against dredging the Savannah port, which is vital, and is a Democrat in a mostly-Republican area. No one has much enthusiasm for the race.
McCain can't stay away from the cameras. He needs a hobby.
Let the criticism of McCain begin in 1...2...
I wonder if Joe the Plumber will be with him...or maybe Benedict Joe LIEberman?? They can hold hands and cry on each other shoulder.