Georgia Election Results 2012: Democratic Rep. John Barrow survives GOP challenge; Romney wins
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Romney won the Georgia contest by a margin of about 7.5 percentage points, with nearly all precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. That’s an improvement for the GOP over 2008, when Obama lost to Sen. John McCain by a mere five percentage points in a rare show of strength in the Deep South.
A Republican, Doug Collins, has won a new, fourteenth House seat that Georgia gained through redistricting, according to the AP. However, Republicans otherwise failed in their bid to increase their House majority in Georgia, as all five Democratic incumbents were reelected (along with all eight GOP incumbents).
Among the Democratic victors was Rep. John Barrow, the last white Democratic congressman from the Deep South. Barrow’s 12th District seat had been in jeopardy due to redistricting. His Republican challenger, State Rep. Lee Anderson, benefitted from $3.5 million in spending by outside groups. But Anderson won the GOP nomination by just 159 votes in a bruising primary that required a runoff election. And Barrow, a Blue Dog Democrat who has made a point of distancing himself from his party by voting against Obama’s health-care law, defeated Anderson by more than seven percentage points, according to the AP.
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