Obama group said coming to Augusta to campaign for Martin

A contingent of President-elect Barack Obama campaign workers are expected to arrive in Augusta this week to help Jim Martin in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum told a group of Columbia County Democrats Monday night that Mr. Obama is sending 15 people to Augusta to organize an area campaign on behalf of Mr. Martin.

Though the Georgia Secretary of State's Office has not yet certified votes, Mr. Martin likely will be part of a Dec. 2 runoff election against Mr. Chambliss for a U.S. Senate seat.

Mr. Chambliss took about 1.9 million votes to Mr. Martin's about 1.8 million. Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley won about 128,000 votes.

Neither Mr. Chambliss nor Mr. Martin won the 50-percent majority needed to avoid a run-off.

"We are very excited," Mr. Greenbaum said. "If we knock off Saxby Chambliss, this state is going blue."

The campaign workers are in need of housing during their stay in Augusta. Mr. Greenbaum asked Columbia County Democrats for their support during the runoff election.

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