Tue., November 6, 2012 11:55pm (EST)

Incumbents Sweep Congressional Races
By Dominick Brady and Rickey Bevington
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Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Incumbents hold their ground. (Photo courtesy of the AP)
Incumbents hold their ground. (Photo courtesy of the AP)
It’s good to be a Georgia incumbent this year in the U.S. Congress.

In east Georgia's hotly-contested 12th district, John Barrow held off Republican Lee Anderson Tuesday to remain the only white Blue Dog Democrat from the Deep South in Congress.

In southwest Georgia's 2nd district, Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop of Columbus has defeated a Republican challenger to win an 11th term in Congress. Bishop beat John House of Midland.

In southeast Georgia's 1st district, Republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah has defeated a Democratic challenger to win an 11th term in Congress. Kingston defeated Democratic newcomer Lesli Messinger.

Metro Atlanta incumbents also held off challengers. Voters have decided to return Republican Rep. Tom Price of Roswell to Washington. The four-term congressman defeated Democratic challenger Jeff Kazanow at the polls Tuesday.

Freshman Republican Representative Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville held off Democrat Steve Reilly in the 7th district. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta defeated Democrat Patrick Thompson at the polls Tuesday.

Also in metro Atlanta, Democrat Hank Johnson of Decatur wins a fourth term in the 4th district over Republican Chris Vaughn. In the 13th, Democrat David Scott of Riverdale returns to Washington after defeating Republican S. Malik. And Democratic Rep. And in the 5th, John Lewis of Atlanta will return to Congress for a 14th term. He defeated Republican Howard Stopeck in Tuesday's election.

Three Republicans sailed to re-election Tuesday without opposition. Congressmen Paul Brown of Athens, Lynn Westmoreland of Sharpsburg and Austin Scott of Tifton return to Washington in the 8th district.

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