Atlanta(WRCB) - Today, Georgia's Secretary of State certified last week's election results. It's no surprise that Senator Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin are headed for a runoff election and both candidates have been in full campaign mode for the past week. The GOP pulled out all the stops today and brought in Senator John McCain.
Senator McCain showed up for a rally at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to an overflowing crowd. In a state where John McCain held the majority, 52%, to Barack Obama's 47% in the Presidential election, Senator Chambliss hopes McCain's help will give him the edge he needs to keep his Senate seat. Senator McCain calls Chambliss "a defender of taxpayer dollars," and says Chambliss has been a responsible spender in the past and will continue to be. "Democrats are going to raise taxes and increase spending and they are going to cut the defense spending," Senator McCain told the room.
Chambliss is focusing his efforts on North Georgia. "North Georgia is a critically important part if the state for so many reasons. The number one issue is water resources, They've got a guy supporting Barack Obama who says his number one priority is to make sure Florida water is protected, well, I happen to think Georgia water is much more important. That is why we are working to protect our water resources in North Georgia," Chambliss told Eyewitness News.
There was speculation that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin might show up, but she didn't. Senator McCain did say that Palin is intending on making it to Georgia to campaign. The runoff election will be December 2nd. This is an important election for the Republican Party, if Chambliss wins, it will prevent a 60-vote majority in the Senate.