Dave Weigel reports that Regina Thomas, who lost to Rep. John Barrow in the Democratic primary in July, will run as a write-in candidate in November:
On Monday, former State Senator Regina Thomas will file papers to run as an official write-in candidate against Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), a more conservative Democrat who beat her in the 2008 and 2010 primaries. Official status will allow votes for her to be counted as she runs a regular campaign. Barrow is white, Thomas is black, but Barrow has been successful up to now in winning enough black votes to fend off his challenger.
“I’ve had a lot of people asking me to run,” Thomas told me in a phone interview. “The people deserve it. Those who voted for me on July 20, and those who didn’t vote because they didn’t realize I wouldn’t be on the ballot – they deserve a chance to restore some honesty and integrity to the relationship between this district and its representation.”
“It is what it is,” said Thomas. “You deal with it. You can’t let it stop you. Look, if they’re pleased with his voting record, with begging him to support the president, with him embarrassing the president with his votes, that’s fine. The president does not live in Georgia. They don’t live in Georgia.”
[UPDATE] ChefDavid points out in the comments that Georgia has a “sore loser law,” preventing candidate that lost in the primary from running in the general election, including running as a write-in. I knew about the “sore loser law,” but didn’t know it applied to write-in candidacies as well.