Georgia Presidential Election

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Updated 2:00 p.m.


John McCain has won Georgia's 15 electoral votes, keeping the state in the GOP column for the fourth consecutive presidential election.

Because of an unexpected low turnout in the Atlanta area, The Associated Press waited past Election Day to call the winner until
the number of outstanding votes could be verified.

In the Georgia Senate race, Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has
failed to reach the majority vote requirement needed under state
law to avoid a runoff. The freshman senator will face Democrat Jim
Martin in the Dec. 2 contest to fill the last seat in the new Senate.


John McCain has already conceded the presidency to Barack Obama, but the reliably Republican state of Georgia has yet to tally an unknown number of early votes from heavily populated counties.

That has complicated the process of awarding the state's 15
electoral votes.

The Associated Press held off calling Georgia for McCain because
the Secretary of State's office would not estimate how many votes
could still be pending. A record 2 million Georgians cast their
ballots early.

Georgia's closely watched Senate race was also too close to call
early Wednesday, with incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss leading
Democratic challenger Jim Martin. With a third-party candidate also
on the ballot, Chambliss needs a majority to avoid a runoff.

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