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July 23, 2014

Georgia: John Barrow Survives

Georgia: John Barrow Survives

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Democratic Rep. John Barrow proved tonight he is the survivor’s survivor.

Drawn into a strong Republican seat during redistricting and hammered relentlessly for months by local and national Republicans, the Blue Dog Democrat managed to pull out a strong victory tonight, beating Republican Lee Anderson.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press said the incumbent took 54 percent to Anderson’s 46 percent.

A tireless fundraiser, expert campaigner and affable politician, Barrow used smart, fun advertising to paint himself as beyond the party. In one ad, emphasizing his National Rifle Association endorsement, he pulled a gun out of his waistband and showed another leaning on the table beside him.

Anderson was a weak candidate and struggled with the rigors of a hotly fought campaign.

Despite Barrow’s surprisingly comfortable win tonight, there’s no doubt Republicans will be back in 2014 to try to unseat him again.

Barrow is — and remains — the only white Democratic Congressman from the Deep South.

Here’s one of Barrow’s more potent ads:

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    Thanks to yet another terrible candidate, another Dem is gifted another term.
    However, Barrow is a marked man and provided the GOP gets at least a half-way decent candidate, during Obama’s 6-year itch election no less, he’s a likely goner in 2014.

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