Delvis Dutton Enters 12th CD Race To Challenge Barrow

It’s now official.  State Rep Delvis Dutton has ended weeks of speculation and has joined the race for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.  Dutton at this point will face Rick Allen, who narrowly missed the runoff in the 2012 cycle for the same position and John Stone who ran against Barrow in 2008.

Alarm bells have been going off within Georgia’s GOP structure and in DC, where the RNCC has targeted GA 12 as a top ten race.  Those same officials are worried that this year is setting up to be a “wave” election for Republicans, but wary of the nomination mistake made in 2012.  As such, Dutton has been rumored to have received significant encouragement to become a candidate.  Note that early voting starts in less than three months, and you’ll see that he’ll need to maximize his efficiency to at least get a runoff spot on May 20th.  If he does, then he has 9 more weeks to earn the right to challenge Barrow.  Despite the district being drawn to heavily favor a Republican, Barrow is clearly no pushover.

The dynamic at play here indicates a pattern similar to GOP efforts to defeat former Congressman Jim Marshall.  In GA 8, Republicans continued to nominate someone from the heavily  populated area of the district but left the southern flank wanting to vote for “the person not the party”.  When the GOP nominated Scott, they had a candidate that knew and related to the rural parts of the district well, and connected easily with the GOP base around Macon/Houston counties.

Dutton, from Glennville in Tattnall County, is a House member  from the Southern and quite rural part of GA-12.  As such, he fits the profile of Austin Scott.  Time will tell if he fits Scott’s new title as a member of Congress.

His press release is below the jump:

Delvis Dutton to Run for Congress in Georgia’s 12th District

Glennville, GA – Following an outpouring of support for Delvis Dutton’s candidacy in Georgia’s 12th District, Dutton today announced he has filed the necessary paperwork to run for Congress. 

“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support I’ve received from across the district,” stated Dutton. “I want to take Georgia values and Georgia commonsense to a broken Washington. We need leaders who will put people and principles before politics. I look forward to working hard to earn the support of voters as I travel the 12th district.”


Delvis Dutton is a Christian, husband, father, family man, small business owner, farmer, conservationist, and an avid outdoorsman. A lifelong resident of South Georgia he grew up working on the family farm, he attended Pinewood Christin Academy in Bellville and Georgia Southern University. He now lives in Glennville with his wife Danielle and their two children.


At 22 he started a small water-well drilling business, General Pump and Well, which has serviced more than 2,000 customers in Southeast Georgia. Dutton has a unique understanding of the challenges facing the 12th District. He is a proud conservative who is focused on creating rural jobs and ensuring that the government operates within its means. Dutton is a strong supporter of smaller government and supports the need for a balanced budget amendment.


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  1. northside101 says:

    The district indeed was drawn to heavily favor a Republican, but it is a far cry from, say, the 9th CD (northeast Georgia/Gainesville) represented by Doug Collins. The 9th gave Romney 78 percent, while Barrow’s 12th CD gave Romney a much lower 55 percent. And there is a significant Democratic base in Richmond County (Augusta), which accounts for about 30 percent of the district’s total votes (Obama took two-thirds of the vote in Richmond County in 2012). Still, the midterm cycle may be more challenging for Barrow than a presidential year, as in 2010, the district (current lines) averaged 58 percent support for GOP statewide candidates—in fact, every Republican elected to statewide office that year (Senator Isakson, Governor Deal, Lt Governor Cagle and so on) carried the current CD 12.

    As for the Republican primary, Columbia County (which is split between CD 10 and 12, but mostly in 12) dominates, accounting for 26 percent of the district’s total votes in the 2012 GOP presidential primary and 28 percent in the GOP nomination battle for CD 12 in 2012 (ultimately won by Lee Anderson). Anderson’s win—unlucky of course for the GOP—was in part due to Republicans crossing over to vote in the Democratic primary for sheriff in Richmond County (the Democratic primary being tantamount to election in a country that hasn’t gone GOP for president in over 25 years—last time was 1988) Richmond cast about 12,500 votes in the 2012 presidential primary but barely half that in the 2012 primary for this seat. But there are a lot of rural primary votes in the district too—Bulloch County (Statesboro) accounted for 12 percent of the CD 12 primary vote in summer 2012 and Laurens County (Dublin) about 8 percent. Anderson in fact won the GOP nomination for this seat in 2012 based on the rural vote (faring worse in the Augusta area).

    The Barrow seat is one of only about 25 congressional seats nationwide in which the district split its ticket for Congress/president (in this case, backing Romney and a Democratic congressman, though there were some districts too that backed Obama and a GOP congressman). The other 4 Democrats in Georgia’s US House delegation all represent heavily Obama districts, and the 9 Republicans all represent Romney districts (the weakest being the 1st, where Romney got 56 percent—the only GOP-held congressional seat in Georgia where Romney failed to break 60). Thus the focus on Barrow’s district.

  2. Jon Lester says:

    Well, I hope he has a good time running, anyway. Clearly, he’s a well-liked person, and that funny-sounding name is probably an asset. Meanwhile, Barrow’s had a fairly effective term, between getting the Cyber Command consolidated at Fort Gordon, and his investigation of the VA issue, so there may be a hard limit to how far traditional conservative talking points can take anyone in this race. We’ll just have to see how he comes out in the primary race against two past losers.

  3. ricstewart says:

    Don’t forget Diane Vann, the woman who once said we should get handmade beaded necklaces from people in developing countries in exchange for foreign aid.

  4. slyram says:

    And if follows the Austin Scott model to victory, he would avoid the zealots during the campaign and make them happy with his House votes.

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