Georgia Ends US Senate Dems’ 60-Seat Hopes

I guess Sarah Palin can propel some Republicans to victory…

The Republicans have won a crucial election to deny president-elect Barack Obama and the Democrats the chance of a 60-seat “super-majority” in the Senate.

The Republican incumbent, Saxby Chambliss, held on to his seat in Georgia in an election run-off held because the November 4 vote failed to produce an outright winner.

Chambliss had called on the electorate to back him in order to build a “firewall” against total control by Obama of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Republican victory means the Democrats have 58 of the 100 senate seats. A majority of 60 would have allowed them to override Republican delaying tactics such as filibusters that could play havoc with Obama’s ambitious legislative programme. Instead, the Democrats will have to rely on moderate Republicans to see their bills through.

Another senate contest, in Minnesota, is being recounted and remains in the balance but the Georgia defeat makes that outcome less important.

… Both sides saturated Georgia with adverts and visits by prominent politicians, including the failed vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, on Monday. 

via Guardian (UK): Georgia run-off denies Obama total control of Senate

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