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Blue Dog Democrat John Barrow survives against the odds in Georgia

On a night when House Democrats' long-shot hopes of taking back control of the lower chamber were dashed early, one Democrat had something to celebrate. 

Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), the only remaining white Democrat in the House from the Deep South, won reelection Tuesday night, turning back a tough challenge from Republican Lee Anderson. 

(John Bazemore/Associated Press)

Barrow defeated Anderson 54 percent to 46 percent, according to the Associated Press's tally. 

Barrow secured a fifth term in the House against the odds. Redistricting made his 12th District more Republican. Running in a presidential year, Barrow couldn't afford to appear too closely aligned with the president. 

Barrow ran a one-of-a-kind ad campaign in which he didn't run away from Washington. Rather, he pointed out the congressional votes he took that were helpful to his district. He also pointed out where he agreed with Obama, and where he didn't. He sought to reach out to both liberal African American voters and conservative white voters. Barrow was also helped by a weak opponent in Anderson. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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