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Trouble in Georgia for the GOP?

1:22 PM, Oct 9, 2008 • By KEVIN VANCE
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Republican senator Saxby Chambliss will face a much tougher battle than previously expected in his reelection bid in Georgia, according to recent polls.

Chambliss leads former state representative Jim Martin by only three points in a Strategic Vision poll of likely voters taken Oct. 5-7.

Three other polls show a tight race:

Rasmussen (Oct. 7, LV)
Chambliss 50
Martin 44

Research 2000/Daily Kos (Sept. 29-Oct. 1, LV)
Chambliss 45
Martin 44

SurveyUSA (Sept. 28-29, LV)
Chambliss 46
Martin 44

This is a huge shift from two weeks ago, when SurveyUSA had Chambliss ahead by 17 points. Martin has capitalized on the financial crisis and Chambliss's support of the bailout bill, saying that he would have opposed the bill because it didn't include enough protections for homeowners. So far, the DSCC hasn't put very much money into this race.

On Wednesday, DSCC chairman Chuck Schumer expressed optimism that the Democratic ranks in the Senate will expand in the next congress. Polls in Minnesota and North Carolina are also showing closer-than-expected Senate races with Republican incumbents. Bad economic news for the country seems to be translating into good political news for the Democratic Party. As Schumer said yesterday, "The wind is more strongly at our back than ever before."