Republican Saxby Chambliss has held onto his Senate seat in Georgia, a crucial win that prevents Democrats from reaching a filibuster-proof 60 seats, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Chambliss handily defeated Democratic challenger Jim Martin in today's runoff. He led 57% to 43% with 99% of returns in. Although Minnesota's Senate race remains undecided, the best Democrats can hope for now is 59 seats.
Chambliss, who campaigned on the theme of keeping an important check on Democratic power, said his win bodes well for Republicans. "I'm excited to be the first race that leads us into the 2010 campaign because it'll be a tough fight," he said. Martin conceded before full results came in. "For me and my family and campaign team and all of you, this is a sad moment," he told supporters.