Runoff’s are fun because they’re brand new elections, and not generally extensions of an existing campaign. As such, new coalitions must quickly be forged and sometimes even new campaign themes emerge.
The campaign for Rick Allen in GA-12 got a boost this morning from the endorsement of Pat Tippett, co-founder of Georgia Conservatives In Action. While still not a household name to many in Georgia households, Tippett has fashioned her organization to hold much of the clout that used to be dispensed under the names of the Christian Coalition or Georgia Right To Life.
Tippett is also very close to Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons, who has yet to endorse in the race but was considered the front runner had he decided to seek the nomination. She serves as the Senator’s Constituent Services Director.
The endorsement sets up a battle for the Southern portions of GA-12, as Lee Anderson’s base of Columbia County and Allen’s base of Richmond/Augusta are both in the northern end of the district. Anderson’s network extends throughout the district via his service to the board of the Farm Bureau. Allen now has a district wide network of evangelicals to counter that as both sprint to a runoff election date in a few weeks.