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WASHINGTON — Barely a month ago, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign pulled a number of field staffers out of Georgia and sent them to emerging battlegrounds such as North Carolina.
But that was before Georgia's early voting showed record-high Democratic turnout, especially among African-Americans, and polls found the margin between the major presidential candidates narrowing.
hat was also before Republican Sen. Saxby Cham bliss found himself fighting for his political life against Democratic challenger and former state Rep. Jim Martin, who has benefited from the Obama campaign's voter-registration and get-out-the-vote efforts and from increased funding from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.