November 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
11 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. Boyd

    Wow! Nothing like importing the World"s (second) Biggest Loser to tell folks how swell you are! Too bad the real WBL was tied up in Miami (alas, only figuratively).

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Gary

    Saxby Chambliss is a pathetic, lying, smearing, ignorant, offensive, backwards, America-hating, pitiful reactionary nut job... the ultimate Republican candidate.

    November 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. m72

    Look what has happened already the stock market has crashed, companies all around the world are pulling out investment money,the jihad terrorist are loving our new president they are celebrating in the street,
    More troops are being sent to Iraq? Europe and other countries are saying that we have voted in a Muslim president.
    Who knows what will happen next...Unstable is the word

    November 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. nancy hughes

    I see some are afraid of Sarah Palin..well you missed the boat sweetie the one to fear is the one who won, the one who wants a "storm trooper" like civilian military under his control right here in the good ol' US of A! We have a world of hurt coming when he dissolves our 401K's and spends money even wilder than Bush, hard to believe, but true. The money he spent to win is amazing! He is a spend thrift and rather lazy, runs to Hawaii when a problems comes up and now wants to totally redecorate the Whitehouse at a time of severe recession....will the spending ever end? Not with BO..are the Libs happy with this state of affairs You Betcha'!

    November 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Here Is A Little Secret That Palin Supporters Dont Know. . . . She Is An IDIOT!

    November 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Liberal and proud of it!

    uh...and your point is???????????????

    November 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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