Obama, McCain face rematch in Senate race
WASHINGTON – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his defeated Republican rival, John McCain, are engaged in somewhat of a rematch. The two are trying to help their respective parties win a razor-close U.S. Senate race in Georgia.
McCain has accepted an invitation to attend a rally in Atlanta on Thursday for Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, while Obama aides are being dispatched to the state to provide a hand to Democratic challenger Jim Martin, a former state senator.
A Democratic aide said no final word has been given on whether Obama will visit Georgia on behalf of Martin. A Republican aide said there’s a chance former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin may show up for Chambliss.
While Obama won the White House, McCain took Georgia.
Georgia is one of three states where tight U.S. Senate races have yet to be decided.
The two others are in Minnesota, where Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is trying to fend off a challenge by Democrat Al Franken, and Alaska where Republican incumbent Ted Stevens, convicted last month of political corruption, is clinging to a narrow lead over Democrat Mark Begich.
Democrats gained six seats in Tuesday’s election to increase their majority in the 100-member chamber to 57.
If they win the three remaining races they would reach for the first time in three decades the 60 needed to pass legislation over Republican hurdles.
Both political parties along with political analysts say they don’t expect Democrats to run the table and pocket 60.
Photo credit: Reuters/Tami Chappell (Sen. John McCain grabs arm of Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss during campaign rally last February in Georgia)