Pro-Life Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss Faces Election Runoff in December
by Steven Ertelt
November 7, 2008
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Sen. Saxby Chambliss came close to getting another term representing residents of his home state of Georgia. With nearly all of the votes counted, Chambliss leads pro-abortion Democratic candidate Jim Martin 49.8 percent to 46.8 percent.
However, because of a third party candidate, the vote is just shy of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff and Georgia law requires the two top candidates to face off in a runoff election in December when no one achieves a majority.
Chambliss will likely enjoy the support of pro-life groups during this overtime campaign.
During the general election, Chambliss received the support of the National Right to Life Committee.
Its political director Karen Cross wrote Chambliss a letter of endorsement and said the differences between him and Martin on abortion were enormous.
NRLC thanked Chambliss for his "exemplary 100 percent pro-life voting record throughout your entire six-year term in the U.S. Senate." It thanked him for his votes for major legislation such as the partial-birth abortion ban and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act that protects pregnant women and their unborn children like Laci and Conner Peterson from violence.
Cross told Chambliss his record "also includes your consistent votes against federal funding of abortion and of organizations that promote abortion."
"We are also grateful for your cosponsorship of other important pro-life bills that have not yet been enacted, including parental notification legislation and a bill to ban the practice of human cloning," the group added.
The Family Research Council also applauded Chambliss’ pro-life votes in its own radio ads concerning the Georgia Senate race.
In Georgia, the FRC radio spot endorses Senator Saxby Chambliss, saying that he "opposes abortion on demand" and that his opponent, Jim Martin, has made "protecting abortion rights one of his top legislative priorities."
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