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Chambliss, Martin may have runoff in Ga.

Nov. 5, 2008 at 2:54 PM   |   Comments

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ATLANTA, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., apparently will have a runoff election against Democrat Jim Martin after failing to win enough of the vote under Georgia law.

With 96 percent of the precincts counted, the Secretary of State's office said Wednesday Chambliss had 49.9 percent of the vote, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Georgia law requires a runoff if no one reaches 50 percent plus 1.

Martin had 46.7 percent while Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley took a critical 3.4 percent of Tuesday's vote.

"We're in a runoff," Martin said. "The runoff race begins right now."

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