With Democrats just two seats away from mounting a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, GOP donors are injecting millions into Georgia’s runoff election, USA Today reports. Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss raised $1.6 million in large contributions in about a week, compared to $462,000 for Democrat Jim Martin. Chambliss also has pulled in $2.5 million the last few weeks from groups such as the NRA, about double Martin's haul from outside groups.
“The amount of money coming into this (race) is unbelievable,” said a non-partisan watchdog. “It almost makes me nostalgic for the days when we were a backwater election state.” Much of the money has been used to pay for negative TV ads. The Dec. 2 runoff, along with Minnesota’s ongoing recount, will determine if Democrats can block Republican-led filibusters.