Republicans are sending in the big guns to defend a crucial US Senate seat in Georgia.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is stumping today on behalf of Saxby Chambliss, who faces a runoff next Tuesday against Democratic challenger Jim Martin.
And CNN and Politico are reporting today that Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee, will campaign by Chambliss's side on Monday, the day before the vote. For all the controversy that swirled around the Alaska governor, she is highly popular with conservatives and drew rock star-like crowds on the trail.
President-elect Barack Obama has dispatched dozens of staffers, and former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Martin last week.
Republicans are trying to stop Democrats from reaching a potentially filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate, warning about the evils of one-party rule. Democrats will control at least 58 votes in the new Senate with two seats still undecided.
Besides Georgia, there is an increasingly vitriolic recount going on in Minnesota. Before it started, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman led Democrat Al Franken by 215 votes. Through Monday with one-fifth of ballots still to be counted, the margin was 172, but there are already 2,801 ballot challenges filed by the two campaigns, due to be taken up by the Canvassing Board Dec. 16, the Associated Press reports.
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