Once considered a safe bet for re-election to a second term, Chambliss suddenly appears vulnerable amid a wave of anti-incumbent frustration and economic turmoil.
His newly troubled candidacy is giving Democrats visions of approaching a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in next month’s election, instead of just the four or five seats they had expected to take from Republicans. Democrats control the Senate 51-49.
Chambliss’ “yes” vote for the $700 billion financial package earlier this month is the latest in a series of positions that haven’t sat well with the conservatives who make up his base. He also faces a potential surge of newly registered Democratic voters excited about Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and a general anti-Republican sentiment after eight years of the Bush administration.
But, if you average out the polls, he is still about seven points ahead, though under fifty. While late breakers will go for Martin, there will be some for Saxby and those will probably put him over the edge.
I’ve been dissatisfied with him, but I’m voting for him. I think he’s a good guy, I like him personally, but I think he needs to replace his Chief of Staff in favor of someone who’ll not lead him into these sticky issues.