I have on good word from sources close to John Barrow’s campaign that they are more than confident of pulling this one out. Effingham County was having ballot reporting problems with the secretary of state’s office, but the final vote tally that Effingham will report, with only about 150 provisional ballots left to count will show Burns carrying the county by 7933-2793. In fact, I just clicked refresh and these numbers have been reported. This gives Barrow a lead in the district of 1,073 votes. According to my sources in addition to the 150 or so provisionals in Effingham County, there are less than 50 provisional ballots left, with the majority coming from Barrow stronghold Richmond and Burns stronghold Bulloch county, so I expect that Barrow will heavily lose the Effingham ballots but break even in the remainder.
That would give Barrow a final lead of about 1,000 votes. The Burns campaign fought a hard race, and congratulations is due to them. However, without the massive assist of the Republican legislature in redrawing the district, this “rematch” would not have been close. I guess the verdict is still out on the 72 hour plan, although I’m waiting on some Republican to actually explain to me what it is because while voters broke heavily for Perdue and Cagle in this district, they also split their tickets to re-elect Barrow.
I may have more on the situation in GA-8 soon. Please stay tuned.