Democratic Rep. John Barrow says he won't be running for the U.S. Senate next year. The congressman from Augusta issued a statement Tuesday saying he will seek re-election to the House next year in eastern Georgia's 12th District, a seat Barrow has held since 2004.
Early results are starting to trickle in in the state's most closely-watched congressional race. But the 12th District has been competitive for both parties since it was created a decade ago. And no one is expecting to go home early tonight. Barrow and Anderson are at their headquarters in Augusta and Evans, respectively.
Official election results show Republican congressional candidate Lee Anderson has defeated a GOP primary opponent by just 159 votes in their runoff election two weeks ago. State election officials certified the vote count Tuesday for the runoff in east Georgia's 12th Congressional District.
A spokesman for US Congressman John Barrow says, the Democrat is endorsing the "top of his party's ticket" for President. Avoiding the name Barack Obama, the tepid endorsement comes as Republicans try to oust the four-term incumbent by tying him in television ads to the Democratic administration. That might be a tough job since Barrow actually opposes Obama on critical issues.
Republican voters in Georgia's 12th Congressional District gave another late night to candidates hoping to defeat incumbent John Barrow in the fall. With all but absentee votes counted, the race is still too close call. Grovetown State Representative Lee Anderson led Augusta businessman Rick Allen at the end of the night by just 153 votes.
Congressional candidate Wright McLeod wants last week's election results tallied again. The former Naval officer fell 584 votes shy of making it into a GOP run-off in Georgia's 12th District. McLeod asked for a recount Wednesday, a day after Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office certified the results.
Two Republican congressional candidates battling for runner-up status in Georgia's 12th District are too close to determine which one will advance to a runoff next month. Unofficial returns late Tuesday showed Augusta businessman Rick Allen ahead of attorney Wright McLeod by just 570 votes. The margin was thin enough to guarantee McLeod a recount if he requests one.