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31 October 2008

Rasmussen Reports: McCain Leads By 5, Chambliss Headed Towards Run-off

Rasmussen Reports is out with a pair of polls today showing both good and bad news for the Republicans in Georgia.

As they say, the bad news always comes first:

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss appears to be headed for a December run-off with Democrat Jim Martin even though Chambliss held a double-digit lead a few months ago.

The Rasmussen poll shows the Republican incumbent under the 50% plus one mark needed to win next Tuesday's election outright.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race finds the Republican incumbent with 48% of the vote and Martin with 43%. Libertarian Party candidate Allen Buckley picks ups seven percent (7%) of the vote while two percent (2%) remain undecided.

If Buckley’s support stays at current levels, it would be difficult for either Chambliss or Martin to win the majority needed to avoid a run-off.
[Source: Rasmussen Reports, "Georgia Senate: Chambliss 48% Martin 43%", October 31, 2008]

The good news for the Republicans is that John McCain still holds a respectable lead over Barack Obama in the state. Of course, the Arizona Senator's lead in the Peach State isn't in the double digits like it once was, but he's still on pace to pick up Georgia's 15 electoral votes.

John McCain leads Barack Obama by five percentage points in Georgia for the second straight poll. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state has McCain ahead 52% to 47%. [Source: Rasmussen Reports, "McCain Still Ahead by Five in Georgia", October 31, 2008]