November 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain back on the campaign trail

Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain will campaign for Saxby Chambliss Thursday.
Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain will campaign for Saxby Chambliss Thursday.

(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.


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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Betty the maid

    Seems to me that that hill billy bimbo, Sarah Palin, is the one who has not shut her mouth since election night. Enough Sarah, shut your big fat pir hole and get your skanky azz back to Alaska. You lost babe, and we hate you, your voice, your face, your ideas, your child molester husband and your entire family...leave us alone your 15 minutes has ended

    November 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. jadedat51

    Shouldn't Johnny be back in the Senate?

    IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

    November 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. M. WINNERS

    HEY, John Galt...

    It's obvious from you blog that you are a died-in-the-wool, low information, bigoted repugliCON, probably from Texas. Here's some campaign slogans that you might be interested in...

    Plowin' with Palin in 2012, or maybe...

    Losin' with the GOP & Palin in 2012, or...

    I know what I know what I know – You betcha

    November 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Uncle Ellsworthy

    To all the folks knocking McCain and Palin. Your boy won you can give it up and crawl back under your rock. Come back out in 2012 when she beats the crap out of your boy

    November 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. PC from DC

    THE MAC IS BACK!!

    November 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Rachel

    I don't know why we have to keep dragging in McCain/Palin. It is over. The reason why he keeps showing up is he should have a guilty conscious with all the bad mouthing he and Palin did during the campaign not on the issues but character. Obama stuck to the issues.
    I also caught Palin on Larry King Live and Wolf's program. She is the most immature 40 year old I have ever seen. Why do they keep putting her in front of a camera? She also speaks with forked tounge! If that is what they have to offer in 2010 I am certainly sticking with the demos!

    November 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Sonya

    Well said Olivia!! I completely agree with you! Thanks.

    November 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Bert Convey

    Yes, McSame and Palin. Please go home and allow us Kool-Aid drinkers to go about our business of worshipping Obama and freeing ourselves of our white guilt. Of course, race had nothing to do with the election, although most blacks would have voted for Buckwheat had he been on the ticket. God help us all.

    November 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Radiant

    HEREEEEE'S JOHNNY!!

    November 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Rache from Bowie

    One loser supporting another loser

    November 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Candy West Virginia

    Gooddbye John: Hello Sarah- Not sure if you looked at the count however mccain was sort of crushed. Even his pick of palin which energized the ignorant base turned off millions more moderate and independent republicans. So your deluded idea that she will win in 2012 is hilarious. I and every other Obama supporter hopes like heck she will run then because it will guarantee another four more years of Obama. palin = clueless patholgical liar!

    November 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. kathy

    black people vote obama because he is black. people who wrote negative about mc chain . hold your tails. havent seen nothing yet.
    jan 20 2009, big surprise. DO NOT VOTE BECAUSE THE PERSON WHO STAY FOR PRESIDENT IS YOUR OWN RACE.
    VOTE THE PERSON WHO IS RIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY , PEOPLE AND YOUR FAMILY.
    SURPRISE SURPRISE

    November 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. New Jersey

    The best man didn't win the election to protect our country. I just pray the new President will take care of our young men & women protecting our country and not let the war go in vain for them and the ones we have lost. It's really a shame with the economy and stock market to act up just before the election for McCain. John McCain you are a man of your word and you have proved it. Wake up Americans, he is not ashamed to salute our flag.

    November 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Erik from Real PA

    His former bimbo sidekick Sarah Palin said "like" twice in one sentence during a recent interview, as if she was a sixteen-year-old airhead. She just, like, won't rule out a run for president in 2012. Sheesh.

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Viet Vet

    Shouldn't he be in Arizona where he is a senator, representing his state. My god he's been campaigning for years!

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. John Galt

    Yeah, BHO has that Harry Potter / Luke Skywalker feminist air about him!

    LMAO

    November 13, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Al

    The grammer and speling on dis bord is atroshious. Y'all have fun in Georgia !!

    November 13, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Pilka

    1/20/13 November 13th, 2008 9:07 am ET

    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

    To you 1/20/13 – I can see you are looking forward to Obama's next inauguration date. And on the killing babies issue, we should remember that its not the government that kills the babies it women that make that choice. If we spent time educating girls/women on those choices maybe we'd be more effective in eliminating abortions and spend less time challenging R v Wade!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Ken

    Well, Georgians have a clear choice ahead of them in the run-off election. Do they want to continue as part of Dumbf-kistan, or do they want to come into the 21st century? Amazingly, the Nov. presidential election showed that 46% of the electorate wanted to continue the failed policies of Dumbf-kistan. Luckily 53% didn't.

    November 13, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Athenian

    Woo, come on, work that McCain magic! Crash him like a jet, John!

    November 13, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Rachel

    McCain is trying to get back into good graces after such a blunder in politics. He chose Palin then they both bad mouthed Obama not on issues but character. He probably has a guilty conscience! By the way I caught Palin on Larry King Live and Blitzers interview. What a waste of time. Took her five minutes to answer a question and you didn't know any more after than before. That is a immature woman. She's been living in the back woods too long! If that's wat the GOP has to offer in 2012 I am certainly sticking with the Demo's and hopefully Obama.

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Bob in PA

    Who names their child Saxbe, anyway? He's probably the despicable person that he is because he had to fight with his childhood peers because of that name.

    Here Saxbe, good boy, come hither...lol

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Lutisha BeeBranch Ark

    He is not our boy!! he is Mr. President-Elect and he is due the same respect Senator Mcain would have been given if he had won!!

    Get Over it GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Gary

    wow...cnn posted a mccain article and now the obamanites have something to troll about.

    leave the guy along. he's helping his party.

    i've never seen obama doing any campaigning for a fellow democrat!

    November 13, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Nan

    I really hope McCain doesn't use the same ugly tactics as he did in his last few months. By the way, why is the media shoving Palin down everyone's throats? She still sounds like she knows nothing about policy. Perhaps it is the media who most want her to run in 2012. Gratefully there are many strong members of her own party who will beat her out for the nomination.

    November 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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