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December 01, 2008

Palin rallies crowds for Chambliss

Alaska governor Sarah Palin is back on the campaign trail for the first time since the presidential election, trying to give a last-minute boost to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who is facing a runoff against Democrat Jim Martin tomorrow.

The Democrats' response?  Bringing in the winner of the Miss Alaska contest in 1984, who defeated Palin for the title. 

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin roared back onto the campaign trail Monday, calling on Georgians to re-elect incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his hotly contested runoff with Democrat Jim Martin.

“The eyes of the nation are on you,” Palin told several thousand people at the James Brown Arena for her 8:55 a.m. speech, the first of four appearances in the state. “We all have Georgia on our mind.”

Palin will end the swing with a 4 p.m. rally at the Gwinnett Center.

Martin started the last day of campaigning greeting commuters at a downtown Atlanta MARTA station, then planned to travel to Augusta and Macon before returning to Atlanta for an appearance at the Capitol with civil rights veterans and hip-hop star Ludacris.

Martin spokesman Matt Canter also said the Democrat will have “Georgia’s own Miss Alaska” on hand to sing the national anthem at a 5:30 p.m. rally at the Capitol.

Atlanta-based recording artist Maryline Blackburn won the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant — the one where Palin finished as a runner-up.