In Georgia, although he was fighting the odds, Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall defeated Republican Mac Collins by fewer than 2,000 votes in 2006. His district had given President Bush 61 percent of the vote, and Bush and other national GOP figures made repeated campaign stops in support of Collins, who has yet to concede the bitter race.
The House Democratic leadership is hoping that Marshall won’t challenge Chambliss next year. “I think if Jim left the seat to run for Senate,” the Democrats “would probably lose it,” said Doug Moore, Marshall’s spokesman.
Should Marshall decide to run statewide, two obvious candidates for his vacant seat would be Collins, and Calder Clay, who has lost to Marshall two times.