Georgia Voters Pick Pro-Life Chambliss Over Pro-Abortion Martin for Senate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Georgia Voters Pick Pro-Life Chambliss Over Pro-Abortion Martin for Senate

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 3
, 2008

Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Voters in Georgia went to the polls on Tuesday and decided to return their pro-life Sen. Saxby Chambliss to the Senate over pro-abortion opponent Jim Martin. The runoff election was important because it gives pro-life advocates another vote to help stop the pro-abortion policies and judges of Barack Obama.

Chambliss won a second term easily over Martin and, with 92 percent of the precincts counted, Chambliss led Martin by 58 percent to 42 percent.

That was a marked improvement over the 49.8 percent of the vote Chambliss received on Election Day last month. A runoff was forced because neither he nor Martin received more than 50 percent of the vote because of the presence of a third-party candidate.

While Obama likely drove up turnout among black voters and Democrats in November, a lower turnout benefited Chambliss because Republican voters are more likely to show up in runoffs.

Chambliss also benefited from several top pro-life advocates, including Alaska governor and former GOP running mate Sarah Palin, campaigning for him.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews.com that the Chambliss win was a pro-life victory.

“Today Georgia voters re-elected a great pro-life leader in Senator Saxby Chambliss,” she said.

“The U.S. Senate needs his leadership and passionate protection of mothers and innocent unborn children. The Susan B. Anthony List and pro-life advocates across the country look forward to working with Senator Chambliss to fight for strict constructionist judges who won’t legislate from the bench," Dannenfelser added.

The group’s voter education program contacted over 400,000 pro-life voters in Georgia through radio, mail and phone-banking prior to the general election and it ran educational ads on Christian radio before the runoff.

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.

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