Monday, December 1, 2008

Palin makes a Peach State sweep for GOP senator

By Paul Steinhauser CNN deputy political director

(CNN) -- Call Sarah Palin the closer.

The Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential nominee was back on the campaign trail Monday, teaming up with Sen. Saxby Chambliss at four campaign events in Georgia, the last full day of campaigning before Tuesday's Senate runoff election in the state.

Chambliss, a freshman Republican senator from Georgia, is facing Jim Martin, a former Georgia state lawmaker.

Chambliss won a plurality of the vote three weeks ago on Election Day, but Georgia state law requires a majority -- 50 percent plus one vote.

Because of the inclusion of a third-party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing the runoff.

"You Georgians are going to have the opportunity to determine the direction this country is going to take," said Palin during a campaign rally in Perry, in south Georgia.

"This election is that important and I know come tomorrow night, Georgians are going to speak and Georgia's going to speak with a loud and clear voice. We want to make sure we have at least 41 Republicans in the United States Senate to make sure that we shape bad legislation, or kill bad legislation." Video Watch Palin back on the stump »

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