2012 Tuesday: GOP to tap a sure bet in one congressional seat, an underdog in another

Today’s the primary runoff election in Georgia. None of the races in my area went unresolved last month, so I’m sitting this one out. Metro Atlanta races of interest include commission races in Cobb and Gwinnett and the sheriff’s race in Clayton County.

The big election news in the state tonight will come from Republican races in two congressional districts. State Rep. Doug Collins and radio talk-show host Martha Zoller are in a heated race in the Northeast Georgia district centered on Gainesville: Collins bested Zoller by just 734 votes out of nearly 110,000 cast last month. To the east, the district that stretches from Augusta down almost t0 Savannah pits state Rep. Lee Anderson against Augusta businessman Rick Allen: Anderson led with 34 percent in the first round, while Allen barely made the runoff ahead of two other candidates.

Either Collins or Zoller is almost certain to win the very conservative 9th District’s general election in November, so after tonight one of them can start looking for a second home in Washington. The 12th District, however, is a different story.

The Democratic incumbent, John Barrow, has won a couple of easy contests after surviving his tough first two elections in 2004 and 2006. Although he’s aiming for just his fifth term, he’s working with his third different group of constituents. Georgia Republicans have redrawn the map on him twice already, in a manner reminiscent of what Democrats used to do to Newt Gingrich early in his congressional career.

This year, the first election with the newest map, the GOP would appear to have drawn the map so that it is sufficiently heavily Republican to give Barrow no hope. The national GOP congressional campaign has targeted the seat and seems prepared to put a good bit of money into the race. Yet, the primary looked like a contest to make it as easy as possible for Barrow to stick around Capitol Hill at least two more years.

The perceived frontrunner, Augusta attorney and former Naval pilot Wright McLeod, fell less than 600 votes short of overtaking Allen for second place and a spot in the runoff. Anderson, a farmer, rode rural support to first place but was an underwhelming speaker, to say the least, in debates. A fourth candidate, Maria Sheffield, moved into the district to run for the office and was never much of a factor.

If Barrow can dodge his party affiliation with President Obama — as he’s already working to do — he seems to stand a good chance of denying Republicans one of their best chances nationwide at picking up a seat.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 21st, 2012
12:00 pm

Ain’t no dodging your reliable support for liberal fascism.

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
12:03 pm

Kyle

Don’t know the details, but I thought Republicans had a chance to pick up several seats in the House.

With all the redistricting (legal gerrymandering that both Parties love to do) that took place in numerous states, I figured the GOP would certainly be in a good position.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

Georgia Republicans have redrawn the map on him twice already, in a manner reminiscent of what Democrats used to do to Newt Gingrich early in his congressional career.

Was that ever used as an excuse for his infidelities?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 21st, 2012
12:07 pm

speaking of radio talk shows, Kyle, when you getting yours?

Maybe you can start out filling in for Herman Cain. (We won’t tell him you voted for Newt)

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
12:10 pm

yeah kyle

WSB could use some help. Cain and Erickson are not exactly the most “entertaining” of the entertainers doing political punditry on the radio.

Don't Tread

August 21st, 2012
12:14 pm

The liberal Democrats have taken over the party and have made “Democrat Party” a bad word.

Conservative Democrats are the common man’s best friend in Congress. It appears that John Barrow is the last one for this state.

RW-(the original)

August 21st, 2012
12:15 pm

Was that ever used as an excuse for his infidelities?

Well when they keep changing your constituencies you keep finding new backs you have to scratch.

…so to speak

Beyond the Middle of the Road

August 21st, 2012
12:15 pm

I realize that gerrymandering is a tradition that goes back many, many years and is practiced by both parties. That said I really hate the entire concept. I wish that some sort of independent body did all the mapping so that the process was fairer and more reasonable. In some cases it’s really hard to see how someone can represent their district when it’s spread out like, well, a gerrymander.

Wishful and perhaps naive thinking on my part.

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
12:19 pm

Beyond

Agreed, but both parties love it when they are in control. Not so much when they are on the outside looking in.

iggy

August 21st, 2012
12:24 pm

” I wish that some sort of independent body did all the mapping so that the process was fairer and more reasonable.”

Regardless of “fairness, the losing side would still whine.

Victor Hill/Clayton County…Nuff said.

Sick of Progs

August 21st, 2012
12:29 pm

Didn’t Newt gerrymander on his wife?

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 21st, 2012
12:50 pm

Democrats will insist on gerrymandering. Not gerrymandering would be labeled as “raaaaaaacist”.

Democrats count folks based on race. Republicans really couldn’t care less.

yuzeyurbrane

August 21st, 2012
12:55 pm

Since the Republicans are not likely to loose control of the House and since Barrow almost always votes with Republicans, it really does not matter much whether or not Barrow wins that seat.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

So if the libs had held back on their wild eyed quest to achieve obozo’s “signature legislation,” obozocare, they may not have gotten wiped out in 2010 and could have drawn the lines to give themselves a veto proof majority. And then they could have gotten single payer instead.

But as usual, dummycrats are Akin to the beasts and animals of the wild, always on a mindless search for that next meal, even if that meal eats them instead.

And now, listen to them bark.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

Democrats count folks based on race. Republicans really couldn’t care less.

LOL

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 21st, 2012
1:02 pm

If Barrow can dodge his party affiliation with President Obama

He has to put some distance between him and the black man to have a chance in the south.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 21st, 2012
1:04 pm

Republicans really couldn’t care less.

The Republican party is increasingly becoming the party of the white male.

That isn’t happening by accident.

SlickRick - glad to not have to worry about suffering through Myth Robme and The Boy Wonder's ineptocracy

August 21st, 2012
1:06 pm

Go Barrow go!!!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 21st, 2012
1:11 pm

So if the libs had held back on their wild eyed quest to achieve obozo’s “signature legislation,” obozocare,

Well worth the pain. We libs aren’t as short-sighted as to only consider what happens over the next 8 years. We are looking at how we leave this country a better place. Obozocare is a very good start.

JamVet

August 21st, 2012
1:14 pm

Republicans really couldn’t care less.

Which fully explains their 90%+ white membership.

For a laughingly up close look at the Lily White Party just watch the upcoming Carnival in Tampa.

saywhat?

August 21st, 2012
1:20 pm

“For a laughingly up close look at the Lily White Party just watch the upcoming Carnival in Tampa.”
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But, but , but, they got that Artur guy to talk to them. That may not make the repubs 50 shades of grey, but it will at least dilute things enough to make them a whiter shade of pale.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 21st, 2012
1:29 pm

For a look at the limousine liberals lording over their plantation slaves, be sure to check out the upcoming spectacle at BANK OF AMERICA stadium.

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
1:30 pm

I report @ 12:58

Do you even know what you were attempting to convey?

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
1:34 pm

Kyle

I report’s 1:29 is a little over the top to say the least.

One thing for him to be shallow minded and think he is showing intellect with words such as “dummycrat”, but that “plantation slaves” in that context needs to go.

It shows his f’n ignorance and stupidity that goes without a doubt.

Please take that down or let me know exactly why that is acceptable on this blog.

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
1:36 pm

I report

You own bigotry is shining bright as it does on a pretty consistent basis.

But do carry on

AU Liberal in ATL

August 21st, 2012
1:41 pm

Face the facts. Todd Akin is getting a bum rap. The Romney campaign and republican “leaders” are throwing him under the bus not because of his views, but because he spilled the freaking beans on national TV. Everyone of those a-holes who are dumping him hold the exact same views he does. Hypocrites, all.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 21st, 2012
1:43 pm

Finn figured it out, sham, perhaps you should ask it.

Road Scholar

August 21st, 2012
1:44 pm

I am sorry Kyle but Lee Anderson is an idiot. In the interview with a reporter he said “He had gave…” money to a Demo. Notice the language. Also when asked if he had proof that the other Repub gave money to get government contracts, he responded to her request for proof with “it’s on my website”. If it is going to be your talking point you should remember what proof you have! And the allusion to his website was to give his position credibility; Heck, as we have read here and elsewhere, the amount of crap people make up and then defend it as the truth is amazing!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 21st, 2012
1:48 pm

Todd Akins apologized. Poor choice of words. Let the man run.

Centrist

August 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

I don’t know why Kyle thinks either Anderson or unmentioned construction firm CEO Rick Allen who runoff today won’t defeat Barrow in a gerrymanded Republican district – but between the 3 including Barrow – not much difference. Same goes for Collins and Zoller.

I think the most interesting GA runoff is between Lee and Byrne for Cobb County Chairman – they have some strong differences.

AU Liberal in ATL

August 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

Why are republicans always “using the wrong words”? Every time you turn around some republican is apologizing for “using the wrong words”. Are they that inarticulate, or are they just a bunch of dumb fks?

AU Liberal in ATL

August 21st, 2012
2:04 pm

I agree, Finn. Let the man run! By all means, LET THE MAN RUN!

iggy

August 21st, 2012
2:17 pm

Republican party racist? How would you liberals categorized the NAACP? Is that a racist organization?

@@

August 21st, 2012
2:21 pm

Sorry, Kyle…I can’t concern myself with what’s happening North of Atlanta with Victor Hill looming “large” down here in Clayton County.

In a county whose demographics are 86% minority and 14% white, somebody’s gonna have to explain what the majority (minority voters) were thinking if Hill wins.

It doesn’t make sense to me.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 21st, 2012
2:30 pm

JamVet: Republicans really couldn’t care less. Which fully explains their 90%+ white membership.
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People choose their party, not the other way around. People who love freedom, capitalism, personal responsibility, private property rights, and a strong national defense choose the Republican party.

JamVet

August 21st, 2012
2:30 pm

The GOP racist???

Of course not! Who would even imply such a thing?

LOL…

JamVet

August 21st, 2012
2:32 pm

Lil BB, you left out the biggest one of all!

Silly and meaningless slogans…

retiredds

August 21st, 2012
2:32 pm

I interpret these “using the wrong words” politicians, the most recent being Todd Akins, as Freudian slips. The definition of a Freudian slip is: (in Freudian psychology) an inadvertent mistake in speech or writing that is thought to reveal a person’s unconscious motives, wishes, or attitudes. So while the politician tries to cover it over (thinking that Americans are stupid and will fall for their shallow apologies) the definition is quite explicit about the real meaning.

Also I think it is about time that politicos, and (white) males in general, stop trying to pretend that they have any knowledge of the female anatomy, bodily functions, or anything else regarding female issues. To continue to do so only demonstrates males complete ignorance of women and the issues they face.

Centrist

August 21st, 2012
2:35 pm

- Vote American posted “People choose their party, not the other way around. People who love freedom, capitalism, personal responsibility, private property rights, and a strong national defense choose the Republican party.”

Or an independants, or even conservative (”bluedog”) Democrats. There are those of us who subscribe to the above list, but aren’t interested in stomping on women’s and religious rights.

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
2:35 pm

Jamvet

Barry likes is talking points. He never leaves home without them

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 21st, 2012
2:39 pm

Centrist, the fact that Democrats alone passed Obozocare puts the lie to your claim that they believe in those ideals I listed above.

Centrist

August 21st, 2012
2:43 pm

retiredds posted: “I interpret these “using the wrong words” politicians, the most recent being Todd Akins, as Freudian slips. The definition of a Freudian slip is: (in Freudian psychology) an inadvertent mistake in speech or writing that is thought to reveal a person’s unconscious motives, wishes, or attitudes. So while the politician tries to cover it over (thinking that Americans are stupid and will fall for their shallow apologies) the definition is quite explicit about the real meaning.

So then, by definition, retiredds agrees with this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAMGubDpK40

@@

August 21st, 2012
2:50 pm

Turning the tables on AmVet.

How many times have I heard liberals proclaim that those who complain about gays are more than likely closeted gays?

Well….AmVet, who’s forever claiming people are racists, must, himself be a racist.

Silliness…”pure and simple.”

schnirt

Jock

August 21st, 2012
2:51 pm

The democrat who is running in the 9th is a loser liberal attorney who makes money off of illegals.

MiltonMan

August 21st, 2012
2:54 pm

Republican party racists? Don’t remember none other than John Eaves and trotting out the hypocrites Andrew Young, Shirley Franklin and John Lewis in the radio ad warning “them democratic folk in Atlanta” that the water hoses would be turned loose on them if they did not vote D????

Aint that a sham

August 21st, 2012
2:54 pm

@@

Are you on or close to the lake? I know a doctor who lives on the lake. Real nice place and lake, but still wouldn’t want to live in Clayton Cty.

JamVet

August 21st, 2012
3:05 pm

Hey snorting humper, howz it hanging?

I agreed there are no racists whatsoever in the pure as the driven snow GOP.

ONLY Democrats, independents, greens, etc include those people.

Never mind that the southern white churches that absolutely fueled the Ku Klux Klan membership roles are the very base of the modern Lily White Party.

And also never mind that the highly confused and shiftless, lazy American Jews do not trust you quasi-fascists either…

SlickRick - glad to not have to worry about suffering through Myth Robme and The Boy Wonder's ineptocracy

August 21st, 2012
3:20 pm

@@ – you’re comparing apples to wheat and concluding it’s a silicon chip. but whatever – if you fail to see the hypocrisy, bigotry and idiocy which personifies the modern gop, there’s nothing i can do to help. stupid is as stupid does, as they say.

@@

August 21st, 2012
3:45 pm

Aint that a sham:

My brother lives close to the lake. I have friends who live ON the lake. I’m not looking to live in such close quarters. So no….I don’t live close to the lake.

AmVet:

I’ve visited many a Southern church. I have yet to see one that’s completely lily white. You may wanna move into the 21st century…or do you reside in the 20th that Joe?

Slick:

…stupid is as stupid does, as they say.

Should Victor Hill win, can I say the same thing about the majority of Clayton County’s voters? Can I do it without being called a racist?

They didn’t disappoint when he ran for state rep. I think he got something like 10% of the vote. I’m hoping they’ll reject him as Sheriff. He was a major FU (’scuse my language) the first go ’round. 38% this go ’round?

Inconceivable!

@@

August 21st, 2012
4:07 pm

Oops!

Nix the slanties in my response to AmVet.