November 25th, 2008
08:51 AM ET
2 months ago

Big bucks being spent in final Senate race

One of Georgia Democrat Jim Martin's ads bears a striking resemblance to an earlier ad by the Obama campaign.
One of Georgia Democrat Jim Martin's ads bears a striking resemblance to an earlier ad by the Obama campaign.

(CNN) - It's been less than three weeks, but more than $4 million has already been spent on the airing of campaign commercials in the U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, according to new numbers from the Campaign Media Analysis Group.

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, will face off against Democrat Jim Martin, a former Georgia lawmaker, in a runoff election on Tuesday December 2, one week from today. The freshman incumbent won a plurality of the vote three weeks ago on Election Day, but Georgia state law calls for the winner to grab 50 percent plus one vote. Due to the inclusion of a third party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing a runoff contest.

According to the numbers from CMAG, Chambliss's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have spent just over $1.7 million in ad time since the day after the November 4 vote, with Martin's campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spending more than $1.6 million. Outside groups account for the remaining $770,000 in campaign commercial spending. The vast majority of that money was spent by Freedom's Watch, a group that backs Republican candidates.

"This shows that there is still a lot at stake, this run off is giving campaign '08 a final act. Who would have predicted this, a red state Senate race with groups from the political left free spending and groups from the right clearly not taking this for granted," says Evan Tracey, CNN's campaign media analyst and Chief Operating Officer of TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG.

While he hasn't appeared in a TV commercial, Barack Obama is lending his voice to the Democrats' efforts to win back the Republican-held Senate seat in Georgia. The President-elect speaks out in a 60-second radio ad for Martin that hit the airwaves Friday.


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. LyonsPhilly

    Oh Dear Lord: Sarah Palin is coming.....Please head her off at the Mooseport.....

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Uncle Fester

    Saxby Chambliss is a lowlife, sleazy, lying bag of excrement. I hope
    he goes to hell for his treatment of Max Cleland. While Cleland was in Vietnam, leaving three limbs there, Chambliss was sitting on his cowardly butt at home with a "bad" knee. It's time for the people of Georgia to correct what they screwed up so badly in 2002

    November 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. GA Independent

    OMG – CNN just announced that Palin is coming.

    Maybe they'll bring Ann Coulter too – she can wave her arms while Palin talks...

    GA let's show we really are smarter than the Republicans think we are...

    November 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Mavwreck

    GA Independent November 25th, 2008 10:12 am ET

    Next thing you know, they'll be sending the 2nd worst they have to offer – Palin!

    Guess What!!!!!!?????

    "Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia"

    November 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. isaac, nj

    Too Bad Atlanta isn't any bigger...

    November 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Kelly

    To show you how much clout Chambliss has, ask him why DoD decided to close at least two military bases in the Atlanta area, Ft McPherson and Ft Gillem. Georgia military bases were off limits when Sen. Sam Nunn was there but oh how times have changed.

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Lydia

    Why on earth would Chambliss call on two losers, Sarah "no brain" Palin and Rudy "a noun, a verb, and 911" Guiliani to campaign for him? Sure Palin and Guiliani are high profile with name recgnition, but not for anything good. Could it be because they are both rabid, devisive, attack dogs? Ah! Undoubtedly, he is using them to remind the people of Georgia that racism is alive and well! That strategy didn't work for McCain; hopefully it won't work for Chambliss either.

    November 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. CanIcallyouJoe

    "LISTEN TO SAXBY CHAMBLISS."

    OBEY. CONSUME. WAR IS OK. WE ARE THE GOP. ALL HAIL THE HYPNOTOAD.

    November 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Saxby got into office by using the dirtiest of political tricks against a true patriot. Time for this sleaze ball to hit the trail and crawl back under whatever rock he came out from.

    November 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Sharon Kitchen

    keep spending that money Chambliss......................................................
    the "little" guy sure needs it here in ga.....................................................
    but those adds............they are horrible.....................................................
    makes ya think of Palin/turkey/wolf pup/moose killer and all from her back door......................................................................................

    wow ..............do you need help...............................................oh well.

    Go Martin

    November 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Rick

    Republicans better keep their guard up because this will surely be another election that the democrats will try to cheat and steal their way to victory.

    November 25, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    After his attacks on Max Cleland, it was hard to have any positive things to say about Chambliss.

    For that reason alone he should be removed. We don't need more sleaze. It's time to clean up congress. And yes right wingers, that DOES include William Jefferson.

    November 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Tolu

    Wish Atlanta was more representative of GA; this is still a deeply red, deeply backward state. Deeply red, deeply backward...hmmn...same thing, I guess...

    November 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. anticlintonite

    after voting for barack and getting hillary and team, instead, i dont think it will be a good idea to give the dems a filibuster-proof senate.

    November 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. bsmith171

    let's buy another election.
    what a strange country this has become.
    the media reports everyday about how much money is accumulated.

    a few years ago the media was preaching we need to keep money
    out of poitics.

    November 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. bsmith171

    joe biden got five drafte deferments from vietnam and then permanentlt goy out because he had 'asthma as a teenager'
    his bio cliams he was a lifeguard and football player.

    WHO TOOK JOE BIDEN'S PLACE IN VIETNAM?
    WHO TOOK JOE BIDEN'S FATHER'S PLACE IN WWII.

    that's ride joe biden, sr was a draft evader in WWII.

    nice people.

    November 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Chambliss will NOT WIN!

    November 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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