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Still In Play

We don’t know who the Senator will be in Georgia, Minnesota, Alaska, or Oregon.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes: Georgia Senate race heading for runoff

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Democratic challenger Jim Martin both geared up for a runoff on Wednesday, even though an undetermined number of votes were still being tallied.

The two candidates held dueling press conferences to chat about their campaigns and lay the groundwork for a possible four-week battle to decide a winner in the acrimonious contest.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday afternoon, Chambliss had 1,841,449 votes, or 49.9 percent of the total, while Martin had 1,727,625 votes, or 47 percent. Libertarian Allen Buckley had 126,328 votes, or 3 percent.

Georgia law requires 50%+1 to be declared a winner.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune tells us: Senate race 100% counted: Coleman up; recount coming

With 100 percent of the 4,130 precincts reporting, Coleman had an unofficial margin of several hundred votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Recounts are required in races with a winning margin of less than one half of 1 percent.

It will be weeks before a winner is declared.

The Anchorage Daily News reports on the election Stevens leads Begich by thin margin and the situation if Stevens wins, Stevens could keep seat in Senate.
The Senate won’t vote on expelling Stevens unless he loses his appeal. It takes a two-thirds vote to expel him.

As near as I can tell, it just takes Oregon a long time to count votes, and the contest is very close.

2 comments

1 fallenmonk { 11.06.08 at 6:27 am }

Gawd, I wish we could defeat Chambliss. I have sent Martin two checks and I guess I will send him one more for the run off. Not much of a chance with all the hard GOPers up here but worth at least some investment.

2 Bryan { 11.06.08 at 10:42 am }

It’s a GOTV effort, Fallenmonk, and it will be a hard row to hoe after this long election process. Hopefully the Dems will pour in the support and people to help out, as I imagine his people are pretty burned out by now.