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Posted at 6 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2013
The National Republican Congressional Committee will start its second television campaign targeting Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., on Tuesday.
The advertisement — backed by a modest $10,000 buy in the Augusta media market — seeks to tie Barrow to the president’s health care law, which remains unpopular in Georgia.
This marks the House GOP committee’s second ad buy against Barrow this cycle. In March, the NRCC spent $2,750 on an ad against Barrow in the Augusta media market.
Barrow is one of the NRCC’s top targets in 2014. He represents a district that GOP presidential candidates carried in each of the past three presidential cycles. In 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the district with 55 percent.
Yet Barrow won re-election last cycle with 53 percent, even after his seat was drawn to be more favorable for Republican candidates following the decennial redistricting process.
So far, there are two Republicans in the contest: Rick Allen, who lost the primary for the seat in 2012, and congressional aide John Stone, who lost to Barrow by a 32-point margin in 2008
As of the end of the second quarter, Barrow had $829,000 in cash on hand for this race.
The 12th District is rated a Lean Democrat contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.