GA District in Politco’s Top 10 Races to Watch

January 2, 2014 16:12 pm

by Eric The Younger · 6 comments

H/T to Daniel Malloy for this one.

Politico has released a list of the top  10 must watch House races for this year. Half way down the list is Georgia’s own District 12. I have to agree that it sure will be an interesting race to watch and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens. I’ve got a whole stash of popcorn waiting for it.

For Republicans, there’s no more elusive target than Georgia Rep. John Barrow — the last white Democrat to represent Congress in the Deep South and a masterful campaigner.

Even after GOP legislators shoved Barrow into a deeply conservative district, the congressman managed to comfortably win reelection in 2012. Barrow ran one of the best TV ads of the election, showing off a Smith & Wesson gun that he said his father used to stop a lynching. The spot ingeniously appealed to conservative gun owners and to black voters who make up around one-third of the district.

In 2014, the congressman is likely to face Republican Rick Allen, a construction company owner who GOP officials insist will be a much more formidable opponent than Barrow’s last one.

Notice, no mention of John Stone.


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Eric H (@sr2ndblack) January 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

GA District in Politco’s Top 10 Races to Watch — Peach Pundit #gapol

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) January 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

From @peachpundit GA District in Politco’s Top 10 Races to Watch

Salmo January 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

“GOP officials” (whoever that is) insist that Rick Allen will be a more formidable opponent than the last election, of which Rick Allen was a part.

Katherine Helms Cummings January 3, 2014 at 7:39 am

The Republicans can count on Barrow to vote their way more often than not.

Jon Lester January 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Barrow has survived because he’s always had terrible opponents.

Was it Rick Allen, or the other guy, who tried to appropriate the PP event at Sconyers’ BBQ?

Eric The Younger January 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm