Parties Bring Out Big Guns for Georgia Run-Off Vote

Rap stars and the GOP's 'rock star' stump on eve of crucial Senate runoff election
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 6:22 AM CST

(Newser) – Georgia decides its Senate race today and both sides are going all-out to secure a victory that could help determine the direction of the next Congress, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The GOP has sent in Sarah Palin to stump for incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss, while Democratic challenger Jim Martin held a final rally in Atlanta joined by hip-hop stars and a civil rights leader.

In addition to star power, the rivals have been boosted in the run-off election by ads, manpower, and donations from their parties and special interest groups. Both candidates have played up the fact that a Democratic victory will put the party within reach of a filibuster-proof majority. "It’s going to be real close," Martin told supporters last night. "This is about who wants it the most.”