- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ATLANTA | Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will stump Monday with Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia to jumpstart the incumbent’s campaign after the long holliday weekend.

The appearance by Mrs. Palin, who became a political celebrity as the Republican vice presidential nominee, is a coup for Mr. Chambliss as he labors to boost turnout for the runoff election Dec. 2.

Mr. Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin both are aware that turnout is typically low for runoff races and the candidate with the better get-out-the-vote drive usually prevails.

“I was thrilled when I got the call that Gov. Palin would be able to make the trip to Georgia to campaign with me the day before the runoff election,” Mr. Chambliss said. “She will receive an enthusiastic welcome everywhere we go.”

The runoff has garnered national attention and visits by both parties’ top politicians because it is considered pivotal for the balance of power in Washington.

A Democratic win would put the party one vote away from a filibuster-breaking 60-vote super majority.

Republicans desperately want to preserve the filibuster to fend off what they see as an extreme liberal agenda of the Democrat-led Congress and President-elect Barack Obama.

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