The road to a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority is becoming clearer and all signs say it goes through Georgia. Here’s the latest:
Last night, the AP declared Anchorage mayor Mark Begich the Senator-Elect from Alaska. Begich beat long time GOP Senator and convicted felon Ted Stevens by just a few thousand votes. Begich will be the 58th Senator to caucus with the Democrats. (Sen. Sanders and Sen. Lieberman are two independents who caucus with the Dems. Lieberman only does so because we bought him off with a chairmanship.)
In Minnesota, the mandatory recount is underway for the race between GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. Coleman currently holds a 172 vote lead over Franken. The recount must be completed by Dec. 5. There is nothing else that we can do about that except watch.
So that leaves us with Georgia which holds a run-off election on Dec. 2 between GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin. If Franken pulls off an upset in Minnesota, it will all come down to the Georgia race for the Democratic caucus to have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority for change.
Clinton declared, “The hopes of America are riding with Georgia. This country does not need a firewall against the future. It needs a bridge to the future, and Jim Martin is a bridge builder.”
Turning out voters for change in Georgia will be tough. But here’s what you can do to help fire Saxby and hire Jim:
- Call your friends in Georgia and urge them to vote early. Early voting in Georgia is already underway. Email this link to everyone you know in Georgia so they can find early voting hours and locations for their counties.
- You can call voters in Georgia and convince them to vote for Jim Martin by using the MyBarackObama tool. Click here to learn more. It’s easier than you think.
- You can contribute to Jim Martin’s campaign for change in Georgia. Click here to do so.
Every vote counts and Georgia has a history of close Senate races. Paul Coverdell beat Democratic Senator Wyche Fowler in 1992 runoff. (Republicans don’t want to be reminded that Coverdell came in second behind Sen. Fowler on the initial vote but came from behind to win the runoff.)