ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton has appealed to
Georgians to send Democrat Jim Martin to Washington. He said the
state's Senate runoff must provide a bridge and not a firewall to
the progress promised by President-elect Barack Obama.
Clinton addressed a rally Wednesday at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college. Democrats are within two seats of a 60-vote majority that would give Obama a stronger hand in Washington. Georgia is one of two unresolved Senate races. Martin is locked in a tight Dec. 2 runoff against Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss.
Some 3,000 supporters huddled in the darkening chill Wednesday night on Clark Atlanta's campus quad to hear the ex-president, the last Democrat to carry the state when he won the White House in 1992.
With Clinton's visit galvanizing Democrats, Chambliss appealed to his own base at an event with National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has scheduled an appearance for Chambliss on Friday. GOP presidential nominee John
McCain and one-time candidate Mike Huckabee campaigned in the state
Former Vice President Al Gore will appear for Martin on Sunday.
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