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Martin To Face Chambliss

In Georgia, former state Rep. Jim Martin earned an overwhelming victory in the Democratic runoff against DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, winning 60% of the vote to 40% for Jones. Martin is now tasked with taking on a well-funded Republican incumbent in Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Jones led the five-candidate primary field in July, but failed to secure the nomination after earning 40% of the vote, ten points shy of an outright win. Martin, who didn't join the race until March, outraised Jones and earned a spot in the runoff by finishing second with 34%.

In yesterday's runoff, Jones received just 40% of the vote once again, with Martin apparently winning over the voters who had preferred the other three primary opponents. Martin even took a 24-point victory in Jones's DeKalb County, which Jones represented as a state representative and CEO for 16 years.

Martin enters the general election as a serious underdog against Chambliss. The first-term senator holds a large fundraising advantage over Martin, who was forced to spend money on two contests to receive the nomination and now has less than three months to recover before the general election.

-- Kyle Trygstad