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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Georgia called prematurely

Advance Votes Not Tallied In Fulton, Gwinnett Counties

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 – updated: 11:29 pm EST November 4, 2008

ATLANTA -- Fulton and Gwinnett Counties failed to include any advance votes in their election totals by 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Officials at the Secretary of States office confirmed to WSB-TV Channel 2 that the votes were not being included in early returns.

Up to two million votes may be going uncounted.

"Something's really wrong out there," said WSB-TV political analyst Matt Towery.

The unreported votes could have a major effect on the race for the U.S. Senate between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. The early results show Martin trailing Chambliss by 14 percentage points.

Martin supporters said they believe a large percentage of the unreported votes will be for their candidate.

And that's a large percentage not counted yet for Barack Obama, whose on-the-ground campaign was largely responsible for the incredible early vote turnout.

Martin may have defeated Chambliss, and Obama may have 15 more EVs.

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