Palin to Stump for Chambliss on Monday

Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:09am

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) confirmed Tuesday morning that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will head to the Peach State on Monday for several events on the eve of the state’s much-hyped runoff election.

The former vice presidential nominee is the latest political celebrity to lend star power to the Dec. 2 contest between Chambliss and former state Rep. Jim Martin (D).

Chambliss said in a statement on Tuesday that he and his wife “are honored that [Palin] would take the time to travel to Georgia to tell everyone how important this election is and I know that she will receive an enthusiastic welcome everywhere we go.”

Since the general election in which neither candidate was able to garner more than 50 percent of the vote, Republicans have described the runoff as the party’s firewall against a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. Chambliss has already hosted several GOP celebrities including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Martin’s camp has tied itself closely to President-elect Barack Obama in the runoff and while Obama has yet to make an appearance for Martin, he has cut a radio ad for his fellow Democrat. But other Democratic stars including former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore have stumped in Georgia for Martin.

According to Chambliss’ campaign, Palin will appear at rallies in Augusta, Savannah and Atlanta on Monday.