| Huh. So this pretty critical piece of information seems to have escaped a lot of people's attention - including, I must admit, mine:
One possible scenario, which seems somewhat likely based on poll data, is that Chambliss wins a slight plurality, but not the 50% plus one required for a majority.
If Chambliss and Martin go into a run-off, the race will likely garner national attention and financial resources from national Democratic and Republican parties.
Andre in Atlanta explains the backstory:
After Wyche Fowler was defeated by Paul Coverdell in 1992, the Democratic-led Georgia General Assembly changed lowered the threshold for electoral victory to a plurality rather than a majority. In 2005, the Republican-led General Assembly changed it back to a majority, 50% plus one, to win.
If necessary, a runoff would be held on Dec. 2nd, so props if you knew all this. Anyhow, with Libertarian candidate Allan Buckley in the race, a runoff is a definite possibility - Buckley's been pulling about 5% according to the Pollster composites. What's more, Georgia's own Bob Barr at the, uh, top of the ticket on the Libertarian line, so that could draw in even more Lib votes.
The real question is whether a runoff would be a boon to us. On the one hand, you would no longer have Obama at the top of the ticket. On the other hand, you'd have the entire resources of what ought to be a pretty energized Democratic Party at the ready. Of course, the GOP thought the same thing in Louisiana in 2002 when they tried to eliminate Mary Landrieu. They had the hubris to call it "Operation Icing on the Cake" - but all they got was a pie in the face.
I'm very curious to hear what Swing Staters think about the likelihood of a runoff, and to whose benefit (if anyone's) one would redound.