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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:00am

Barrow Explores New District

Updated: 3 years ago.
John Barrow hopes to be doing this again: declaring victory. He'll have a harder time getting there next year, however, because of redistricting. (photo Orlando Montoya)

Congress is taking a recess this week, giving a vulnerable Georgia Democrat time to work his new district in eastern Georgia.

Congressman John Barrow could face a tough re-election battle next year.

State Republican lawmakers re-drew Barrow's 12th Congressional District this year to carve out him out of his home base in Savannah and shift the population toward voters who lean GOP.

Barrow says, he'll win anyway.

His recess schedule has him at meals with voters, football games and speaking engagements, some in areas he'll soon serve.

"I visited with the Columbia County Democrats Tuesday night, for example, at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting," Barrow says. "They're coming into the district."

He plans to be in Laurens County on Friday.

That's another area new to the 12th District.

Barrow says, he's not campaigning early, merely doing what he's done every recess since being elected in seven years ago: talking to voters.

"If you're serving a district like mine, on a regular basis you're going full-tilt all the time," Barrow says. "You haven't got time to campaign."

Barrow remains the last white Deep South Democrat in Congress.

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