Georgia Primary Results: Rick Allen Wins Primary to Face Barrow (Updated)
Posted at 11:32 p.m. on May 20
Rick Allen won the primary and will face Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Updated 12:19 a.m. | Construction company owner Rick Allen avoided a GOP primary runoff in Georgia’s 12th District and now moves on to face Democratic Rep. John Barrow in November.
Allen defeated his next closest primary opponent, businessman Eugene Yu, 54 percent to 16 percent, with 93 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
The five-candidate GOP primary in this district was expected to head to a runoff — triggered when no candidate garners at least 50 percent. That scenario would have benefited Barrow, a top target of national Republicans, as Republicans would have faced nine more weeks of not focusing time and money on defeating the incumbent.
Barrow represents a district Romney carried by 12 points in 2012, but the five-term incumbent is a deft politician whom Republicans do not underestimate.
Georgia’s 12th District is rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Georgia’s 4th District
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., beat back a primary challenge on Tuesday, defeating former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown.
Johnson led Brown 55 percent to 45 percent, when the Associated Press called the race with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
The primary challenge to Johnson, who represents a safe seat in the Atlanta suburbs, flew largely under the radar this cycle, as the competitive GOP Senate primary — featuring three members of Congress — sucked up much of the national media attention.
The 4th District race also took place largely on the ground and in voters’ mailboxes, because of Atlanta’s prohibitively expensive TV media market.
Brown, a popular law enforcement official in the district, started the race off already familiar to many voters. And Democratic operatives say Brown was both active on the trail and had fundraising parity with Johnson. That ultimately led to a close race with the incumbent, who is known for his unscripted comments.
Recognizing the threat, Johnson called in reinforcements from the White House, requesting an endorsement from President Barack Obama.
With no Republican opposition in this heavily Democratic district, Johnson will be the next member of Congress from the Georgia’s 4th District.
Georgia’s 1st District
Georgia’s 1st District will head to a July 22 runoff, after none of the six Republicans seeking the open seat surpassed the 50 percent threshold needed to win the nomination outright for the Savannah-based seat.
With all precincts reporting, state Sen. Buddy Carter clinched the first-place spot in the runoff with 36 percent, according to the AP, and surgeon Bob Johnson finished second.
The runoff winner will likely be the next member of Congress from this district, which Mitt Romney carried with 56 percent in 2012.
This seat came open for the first time since Republican Rep. Jack Kingston won it in 1992. Kingston vacated his House seat to run for the state’s open Senate seat.
Georgia’s 1st District is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Georgia’s 10th District
Trucking company owner Mike Collins and Baptist Pastor Jody Hice will move on to a July 22 Republican primary runoff, taking the top two spots out of the seven-candidate field in this exurban Atlanta district.
Hice and Collins were tied with 33 percent with 89 percent of precincts reporting when the AP called the race. A candidate must garner more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff in Georgia.
The seat was open because of Rep. Paul Broun’s Senate bid.
The runoff winner will be heavily favored in the general. Georgia’s 10th District is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Georgia’s 11th District
Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk and former Rep. Bob Barr advanced to a July 22 GOP primary runoff in the open-seat race for the 11th District.
With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Loudermilk led Barr 37 percent to 26 percent when the AP called the race.
The winner will run without Democratic opposition in the general and replace six-term GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey, who ran for Senate.
Georgia’s 11th District is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.