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August 12, 2008

DSCC Has Close Georgia Race

Despite a number of polls that have shown former State Rep. Jim Martin trailing Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss by wide margins, a new survey for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee shows the Democratic nominee within striking distance.

The Mellman Group poll, conducted 8/6-10 for the DSCC, surveyed 600 likely voters for a margin of error of +/- 4%. Chambliss and Martin, along with frequent Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley, were surveyed.

General Election Matchup
Chambliss........42
Martin...............36
Buckley..............3

Chambliss' job performance numbers are unimpressive, as 37% of respondents say he's doing an excellent or good job, while 38% say he's doing a fair or poor job. And if the "change" theme continues to be a dominating force this year, Martin could benefit; just 21% of Georgians say the country is headed in the right direction, while 66% say it's going off on the wrong track.

The poll result is markedly different from surveys conducted by Strategic Vision, an Atlanta-based Republican polling firm, which consistently showed Chambliss leading any of his potential rivals by more than two-to-one margins. Last week, Martin won the runoff against DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones.