December 3, 2008 / 2:11 AM / 9 years ago

US Republicans win crucial Georgia Senate seat-CNN

ATLANTA, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss won a run-off election in Georgia on Tuesday, CNN said, denying Democrats the chance for a 60-seat “super majority” in the Senate that would have enabled them to pass legislation virtually at will.

Chambliss, the incumbent, defeated Democrat Jim Martin for the seat in a race that gained national significance because Democrats and their independent allies held 58 of the 100 seats in the Senate after the Nov. 4 election. One seat in Minnesota is subject to a recount. (Reporting by Karen Jacobs; writing by Matthew Bigg, editing by Patricia Zengerle)

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