Both Collins and Burns ran great races, but they were behind the eight ball from the beginning, with two giant factors against them: (1) The anti-GOP sentiment of national voters, and (2) The fact that Georgia voters were satisfied with their representation.
Public opinions on the state and national levels were at opposite ends of the spectrum, but both still managed to work against the Republican challengers for the 8th and 12th. George Allen in VA set the example yesterday — for those not in runoffs, it’s time to admit that the election is over, congratulate the winners, and move on.
Nationally, that means congratulating the Democrats on their sound victory, in which they not only won open seats but knocked off GOP incumbents. In Georgia, it means congratulating the bipartisan slate of reelected officials — Governor Sonny Perdue, AG Thurbert Baker, Ag Commissioner Tommy Irvin, Congressman Jim Marshall, and others — as well as the Republicans who won the open seats. The people of Georgia have spoken and, outside of being willing to put Republicans into open offices, they have said that they are by and large happy with the state’s status quo, regardless of party.