In my post from last night, we looked at numbers from the traditional Republican state of North Carolina.  Obama has made it a race there, and when one looks at the numbers for the Senate race, it’s very easy to see Kay Hagan as the frontrunner in the Senate race, even as a challenger.

But the most recent SurveyUSA poll for the Senate race in Georgia is a shocker, especially given the swing in the last two weeks:

SurveyUSA. 9/28-29. Likely voters. MoE 3.8% (9/14-16 numbers)

Chambliss (R) 46 (53)
Martin (D) 44 (36)
Buckley (L) 5 (8)

As you can see, Georgian Jim Martin has seriously been surging within the past two weeks.  As brownsox at Daily Kos notes, this is not an outlier; the DSCC’s internal polling has this as a three point race, and Rasmussen has shown Martin to be fairly competitive with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in its recent polling.

The fact that the economic focus is helping Democrats like Jim Martin and Kay Hagan in places like Georgia and North Carolina is a validation of Thomas Frank’s thesis in What’s The Matter with Kansas? (2005).  When people are forced to vote with their pocketbooks and wallets and see economic issues as vital to the future of the country, that’s when Democrats start to do well.

What’s ironic is that Chambliss won and knocked out war hero Max Cleland in 2002, waging a very immoral campaign, attacking the patriotism of Cleland; with Martin pressing Chambliss on the economy — something substantive — all of a sudden Chambliss can’t talk.