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Press Release

    FreedomWorks GOTV Efforts Critical in Outcome of Georgia Senate Race

    12/03/2008

    FreedomWorks Georgia led a massive ‘Get Out the Vote’ grassroots effort in the Senate runoff race between Saxby Chambliss (R) and Jim Martin (D). With nearly all precincts reporting, Senator Chambliss was reelected by a wide margin, 58 to 42 percent.

    When November 4th election returns showed no candidate for Senate held an absolute majority as required by Georgia law, FreedomWorks immediately prepared its grassroots army for the runoff.

    FreedomWorks activists in Georgia waged a massive “shoe leather” voter education drive highlighting both candidates’ positions on taxes. The grassroots army worked across the state -- walking neighborhoods and organizing phone banks to make sure conservatives turned out to the polls for Election Day.

    The results were impressive. FreedomWorks held over a dozen grassroots leadership training events across the state. Activists placed over 8,000 targeted phone calls and the door to door effort reached over 90,000 voters.

    FreedomWorks members from neighboring states, such as North and South Carolina, were not content to just watch from across state lines and visited Georgia to join the fight.

    Allen Page, FreedomWorks’ Southwest Regional Director, commented:

    “FreedomWorks showed our growing capabilities in Georgia during the runoff. Our activists turned out ready for the fight and will keep the pressure up to oppose new taxes and government expansion. We know we will have battles ahead in Georgia and our activists are ready to fight for good public policy in local, state, and national battles.”

    “While many of our activists were disappointed in Senator Chambliss’ support of the Paulson bailout, he is with us on important tax battles. Heading into the new Congress, our activists expect Senator Chambliss to be a leader in opposing future industry bailouts, fighting new entitlement programs, and holding the line on spending.”

    FreedomWorks Georgia has over 13,000 members fighting for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.