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03 December 2008

Unfiltered Thoughts on the Run-off Election

Two years ago, with a little money, Jim Martin got 42.3% of the vote in his campaign for Lt. Governor. This year, with a whole lot of money, Jim Martin got 42.6% in his campaign for U.S. Senate.

A 0.3% increase in two years is kind of disappointing, don't you think?

As a commenter at Peach Pundit noted, in 2006, 2,122,185 votes were cast in the race for Governor. Two years later, with 97% of precincts reporting, 2,126,491 ballots have been counted in the U.S. Senate run-off election.

"With the total votes in this runoff matching the total votes in the 2006 general election, it’s going to be hard for folks to whine about a low turnout."

The results of this election confirms a belief of mine that I've held since the beginning of the Democratic presidential nomination process; that all those folks who turned out for Barack Obama were there just for Barack Obama, and probably had little to no concern about the other Democrats on the ticket.

When President Clinton campaigned on behalf of Jim Martin, he said that the winner of yesterday's election would be the candidate whose supporters wanted it more.

Simply put, Saxby Chambliss and the Republicans wanted it more.

With Jim Martin's defeat, a losing streak that the Democratic Party of Georgia would like to snap continues.

A Democrat hasn't won an open statewide seat since 1998.

Looking ahead to 2010, if the streak continues, there will be a Republican Commissioner of Agriculture for the first time. . . ever; the GOP will hold the Governor's Mansion along with the Lt. Governor's office; and once redistricting rolls around in 2011, the Republican Party will do their best to exile the Dems for the next ten years.

And finally, Monday night, House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter told a freezing crowd on the steps of the state Capitol that Democrats picked up four seats in the Georgia House.

That's true, but the rest of the story is that the Democratic caucus also lost two seats for a net gain of two seats.

Picking up two seats in a year that was tailor-made for Democrats is nothing, and I mean nothing to be bragging about.

One more thing, the Democrats did not force Saxby Chambliss into a run-off. Saxby Chambliss forced Saxby Chambliss in a run-off by upsetting his conservative base. Once the election was framed as Saxby being the firewall against total liberal control, all those conservatives came home.