(AP) - There's now just one unresolved Senate contest in the country.
But the stakes in the Minnesota recount are much lower, since Democrat hopes of a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority have been dashed.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss won a bruising runoff battle against Democrat Jim Martin in Georgia yesterday. It's a rare bright spot for Republicans in a year where they lost the White House as well as seats in the House and Senate.
The runoff was necessary because neither man got 50 percent in a
three-way contest in November.
Chambliss' mantra on the campaign trail was simple: His re-election was critical to prevent Democrats in Washington from having a blank check.
Martin made the economy the centerpiece of his bid, casting himself as a champion of the neglected middle class.