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Dems Trail Chambliss

Though Democrats have been able to expand the Senate playing field into states like North Carolina, Mississippi and Alaska, the party hasn't made every race this year competitive. The latest poll out of the Peach State shows Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss in strong position to keep his seat for another six years.

The poll, conducted by Strategic Vision, surveyed 800 likely voters between 6/27-29 for a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. Chambliss was tested against DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, ex-State Rep. Jim Martin, former reporter Dale Cardwell, engineer Rand Knight and Josh Lanier, a veteran and former aide to Senator Herman Talmadge. A subsample of 328 likely Democratic voters had a margin of error of +/- 5.4%.

Primary Election Matchup
Jones...............25 (-3 from last, 5/14)
Cardwell..........22
Martin...............17
Knight...............14
Lanier.................6

General Election Matchups
Chambliss.........57 (-1)
Jones................27 (-2)

Chambliss.........58 (+1)
Cardwell...........29 (+2)

Chambliss.........58 (nc)
Knight...............28 (+3)

Chambliss.........58 (+1)
Lanier................25 (+1)

Chambliss..........57 (no trend)
Martin.................28 (no trend)

Chambliss and his Senate colleague, Republican Johnny Isakson, each enjoy good approval ratings. 53% approve of Chambliss' job performance, while 33% disapprove, and Isakson has a 58%-31% approval rating. Still, if Democrats have any chance at making the race competitive, it could be because just 12% of Georgians approve of the job Congress is doing, while 77% disapprove.

Republicans have a lot to worry about this year, but given that Chambliss is running so far ahead of any of his possible rivals, Georgia will not be on the list of things to fret over.