Another GOP Candidate for 12th Congressional?

January 23, 2014 11:25 am

by Tim Darnell · 6 comments

State Rep. Delvis Dutton

State Rep. Delvis Dutton

InsiderAdvantage is reporting that state Rep. Delvis Dutton (R-Glennville) is considering entering the 12th congressional district race.

The seat is currently held by Democratic congressman John Barrow, who has held the seat since 2006.

“We’re checking into it. We’re getting a lot of calls on it,” Dutton said.

Dutton won a special election in 2011 to the state House.

After winning re-election in 2012, he unsuccessfully challenged the chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus, state Rep. Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula).

Tim Darnell (@TimDarnellATL) January 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

Another GOP candidate in 12th congressional? http://t.co/i0f8BpvuhC @peachpundit #gapol @repjohnbarrow @delvisdutton

xdog January 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

Continuing this week’s name theme, ‘Delvis’ is an outstanding name. I never heard of the guy but a quick googling found this PP discussion from 2010. PS, lots of turnover here in 4 years.

http://www.peachpundit.com/2010/04/23/a-republican-who-starts-out-his-campaign-showing-he-just-doesnt-get-it/

Robin Wheeler January 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Indeed, xdog.

Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) January 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Another GOP Candidate for 12th Congressional? – InsiderAdvantage is reporting that state Rep. Delvis Dutto… http://t.co/BAJ6RdTfSn

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) January 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

From @peachpundit Another GOP Candidate for 12th Congressional? http://t.co/F3M8yyhUCx

northside101 January 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm

For political junkies, some data on CD 12 voting:
2010 US Senate—Isakson 61%, Thurmond 37%
2010 Governor—Deal 56%, Barnes 41%
2010 Lt Governor–Cagle 56%, Porter 41%
2010 President—Romney 55%, Obama 44%
2012 Congress—Anderson 46%, Barrow 54%

About half the vote (49%) in the 2012 general election for CD 12 came from the Augusta area (Columbia/Richmond Counties). Solidly Democratic Richmond accounted for about 30% of the district’s total votes, while heavily Republican Columbia accounted for 19%. The remaining 51% was scattered from Burke County just below Augusta to Dublin (Laurens County), Douglas (Coffee County) and Effingham County, Statesboro and Tattnall County. (Columbia is divided between CD 10 and 12, but over 85% of Columbia’s population is in CD 12 portion, while majority of Effingham—about 60%—is in CD 1—Effingham part of 12 being rural.)

Barrow of course won handily in Richmond, a county that has not backed a Republican for president since Bush One in 1988. But he also won a respectable 36% in Columbia County (a respectable showing for a Democrat, 8 points ahead of Obama’s showing in that part of the county.)

According to data from Secretary of State, blacks accounted for one-third of the total turnout in CD 12 in 2012, whites 59% and others (Asians, Hispanics, multiracial) a combined 8%

I suspect most analysts would view CD 12 as the only competitive two-party congressional race here in November. The 4 majority-black congressional districts (2, 4, 5 and 13) handily backed Obama, while the 9 GOP-held congressional districts gave Romney 56% or more last time.

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