Fact Sheet: Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin Fight for Georgia's U.S. Senate Seat

Things you didn't know about the Georgia elections.

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Current voter registration

  • 5,598,425 (as of Oct. 1, 2008)

The 2008 Candidates

  • Incumbent: Saxby Chambliss (Republican) ran unopposed in the primary.
  • Challengers: Jim Martin (Democrat) won nomination with 60 percent of the vote in a runoff election against Vernon Jones.
  • Allen Buckley (Libertarian) ran unopposed in the primary.

Other items on this year's ballot: U.S. president, U.S. House of Representatives (13 seats), public service commissioner, Georgia Senate, Georgia House of Representatives, State Supreme Court judgeships, State Appeals Court and Superior Court judgeships, district attorneys, and three constitutional amendments.

Fundraising and Spending

Saxby Chambliss (as of Oct. 15, 2008)

  • Contributions and loans: $7,662,154
  • Spent: $8,906,639
  • Cash on hand: $836,008

Jim Martin (as of Sept. 30, 2008)

  • Contributions and loans: $2,392,590
  • Spent: $2,300,250
  • Cash on hand: $92,339

Allen Buckley (as of October 15, 2008)

  • Contributions and loans: $21,582
  • Spent: $18,039
  • Cash on hand: $5,583

Georgia Demographics

(as of 2007)

  • Total population: 9,544,750
  • Male: 49.2%
  • Female: 50.8%
  • Median age: 34.8
  • White: 6,018,583 63.1%
  • African-American: 2,917,936 30.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 57,809 0.6%
  • Asian: 290,517 3.0%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 7,443 0.1%
  • Some other race: 379,398 4.0%
  • Two or more races: 118,600 1.2%
  • Hispanic/Latino (of any race): 729,116 7.6%

*Total may not add up to 100 percent because of Census tracking methods.

2002 Senate Election

  • Max Cleland (D) 931,857 45.9 %
  • Saxby Chambliss (R) 1,071,153 52.8 %
  • Sandy Thomas (L) 26,981 1.3 %
  • Total votes: 2,029,216, an estimated 54 percent turnout.

Sources: Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, Federal Election Commission, U.S. Census Bureau

3 Things You Didn't Know About Georgia Elections

1. Democratic challenger Jim Martin came in second to Vernon Jones in the July 15 primary election. Since neither received more than 50 percent of the vote—Jones received 40.4 percent, while Martin received 34.4 percent—there was a runoff election on August 5. Martin won with 60 percent of the vote.

2. As of October 30, 28 percent of registered voters in Georgia had already cast a ballot for the 2008 presidential election. This is the second presidential election in which Georgians have been able to cast their votes early. Early voting was first introduced to Georgia for 2003 municipal elections.

3. Buckley, the Libertarian candidate, ran against one of his current competitors, Martin, in the 2006 race for lieutenant governor. Both lost to Republican Casey Cagle.

Sources: Atlanta Journal - Constitution, Georgia League of Women Voters, Georgia Secretary of State