In Georgia, Chambliss is below 50% with “undetermined number of votes to be counted”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution just reported that incumbent Senator, Saxby Chambliss, was below the 50% mark, which would mean a run-off under Georgia law. There are still votes to be counted, but no one seems to know how many:

There was still no resolution in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race as the sun came up Wednesday and the candidates, election officials and reporters tried to figure out how many votes remained to be counted.

At 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) held a 49.8 percent to 46.8 percent advantage over Democrat Jim Martin with 96 percent of the state precincts counted, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Libertarian Allen Buckley had 3.4 percent of the vote.

If that scenario held, Chambliss would face a costly and unpredictable four-week runoff with Martin.

However, there still were an undetermined number of votes to be counted — possibly tens of thousands of early and absentee ballots from Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Chambliss spokeswoman Michelle Grasso said her campaign believes most of the uncounted votes are in Fulton County. But at 6:45 a.m. she admitted that there were no clear answers in the race.

“At this point we are just letting the process work,” she said.


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