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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Democratic challenger Jim Martin both geared up for a runoff on Wednesday, even though an undetermined number of votes were still being tallied.Latest results here.
The two candidates held dueling press conferences to chat about their campaigns and lay the groundwork for a possible four-week battle to decide a winner in the acrimonious contest.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday afternoon, Chambliss had 1,841,449 votes, or 49.9 percent of the total, while Martin had 1,727,625 votes, or 47 percent. Libertarian Allen Buckley had 126,328 votes, or 3 percent.
Secretary of State Karen Handel said the election results will not be officially certified until sometime next week.
“Any run-offs will be announced upon certification,” Handel said in a statement released Wednesday.
That didn’t stop the Associated Press from declaring the Chambliss-Martin race a runoff, even though ballots still were being counted. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Update: Latest numbers from OR: Merkley is down by 5K, with over 200,000 votes still to be counted, many/most from blue counties.