Chambliss wins Senate runoff

Published 11:03 am Thursday, December 4, 2008

Saxby Chambliss, one of Georgia’s two U.S. Senators, was re-elected in a runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Chambliss, the Republican incumbent, defeated his opponent, Democrat Jim Martin.

Chambliss had 1,220,856 votes statewide, or 57.4 percent, while Martin received 905,645 votes, or 42.6 percent.

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In Decatur County, Chambliss received 2,716 votes to Martin’s 1,909 votes.

In the non-partisan runoff for the Georgia Court of Appeals judgeship being vacated by John H. Ruffin Jr., Sara Doyle won with 883,712 votes, or 51.8 percent, to Mike Sheffield’s 823,473 votes, or 48.2 percent.

In Decatur County, Sheffield had 1,996 votes to Doyle’s 1,589 votes.

In the runoff for the Public Service Commission seat currently held by Angela Elizabeth Speir, Republican Lauren W. McDonald Jr., won with 1,129,716 votes, or 56.5 percent, to Democrat Jim Powell’s 870,203 votes, or 43.5 percent.

In Decatur County, McDonald had 2,429 votes to Powell’s 1,769 votes.