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09 October 2008

DSCC Spends Over $75,000 On Jim Martin...

...But in the words of Britney Spears, I just want more.

On occasion, I've gotten emails from a reader of this site, "Middle Georgia Democrat," who always wonders if and when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) will invest some resources into U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jim Martin and Republican Saxby Chambliss.

If the polls recently conducted in Georgia are any guide, Saxby Chambliss is locked in a very competitive race and Jim Martin is within striking distance of pulling off an upset. A SurveyUSA poll released September 30th, for example, showed Saxby Chambliss clinging to a two point lead over his Democratic rival [Source: SurveyUSA, "Georgia Senate: Suddenly, Saxby Chambliss Is Confronted by a Rising Democratic Tide", September 30, 2008]. Two additional polls, one commissioned by the left-leaning blog DailyKos and the other conducted by polling firm Strategic Vision appear to confirm that there is indeed a close race for the U.S. Senate in the Empire State of the South.

Despite being essentially broke (according to the Martin campaign's most recent FEC disclosures), Jim Martin has managed to keep it close against a well-financed Republican opponent. Now that speaks volumes and should be more than enough to persuade DSCC leaders that Georgia's 2008 U.S. Senate race is one that they can win.

To their credit, the DSCC has spent $77,612 on Jim Martin; a contribution of $39,900 made to the Martin campaign on August 6th and six coordinated expenditures totaling $37,712 dating back to July 3rd [Source: Federal Elections Commission]. However, during the last truly competitive U.S. Senate race in Georgia (the 2002 race between Max Cleland and Saxby Chambliss), the DSCC spent over $1.6 million defending a Senate seat in what would become a losing effort.

Compare the $1.6 million spent by the DSCC six years ago to the $77,612 spent today and you'll see, as I have, that there is no comparison.

So what I'm saying is this...

...Chuck Schumer and the DSCC need to put some skin into this game because it's a close one that might go into overtime -- the December 2nd run-off.