With Jim Marshall gone, Sanford Bishop and John Barrow become the next GOP targets

Over at The Fix, Washington Post writer Aaron Blake has an excellent, lengthy take on the games Republicans might play with U.S. Reps. John Barrow, D-Savannah, and Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, when redistricting rolls around next year.

In part:

In a Republican dream scenario, they could try to draw both Barrow and Bishop tougher districts, by borrowing GOPers from strongly Republican districts held by Reps. Jack Kingston, Lynn Westmoreland and Paul Broun.

A more likely scenario, though, is that Republicans actually shore up Bishop, potentially turning his district into a majority-black district, and use the more Republican areas of his district to help shore up Rep.-elect Austin Scott (R), who just beat Marshall next door. Once they do that, they need to decide whether they want to go after Barrow.

The GOP could strengthen Bishop by moving the heavily black parts of Macon (from Scott’s 8th district) and Valdosta (from Kingston’s 1st district) into Bishop’s 2nd district in the southwest.

And Barrow?

When it comes to Barrow’s eastern 12th district, there are basically two ways for Republicans to make him more vulnerable. One is to move more of heavily Democratic Savannah into Kingston’s district in the southeast; the other is to take more of heavily Democratic Augusta and move it into Broun’s 10th district in the northeast.

But it won’t be easy. The Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman said Republicans might have to defend such a move in court, because it would dilute the black vote in Barrow’s district.

“The easiest way to crack that district is to divide Savannah and Augusta, but you’re asking for a lawsuit,” Wasserman said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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13 comments Add your comment


December 7th, 2010
12:17 pm

Why would you go after Barrow instead of Bishop? Bishop is the one who has the most liberal voting record. Bishop is the one who has had ethical problems. Bishop is the one who barely won this past election cycle (didn’t have enough votes to win until Muscogee County absentee ballots were counted). Barrow won fairly easily this past election cycle. Leave him alone and go after Bishop. The only reason he is still in his seat is because of Columbus. The people of rural Southwest Georgia don’t want him and deserve better representation.


December 7th, 2010
12:21 pm

Dump Bishop. Hate to see Marshall lose becasue Austin Scott is pathetic….period. I had hoped he would continue to run statewide so I COULD VOTE AGAINST HIS SCALLYWAG ARSE.

Us vs Us

December 7th, 2010
12:23 pm


You lost.

Rafe Hollister

December 7th, 2010
12:30 pm

How would the country ever survive without Sanford Bishop? sarcasm intended.

Just Nasty & Mean

December 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

The people of Georgia have had enough of this left-wing, liberal, Socialist tripe and now see it for what it is—a freaking DISASTER!!

I say—go after BOTH of the Pelosi-sucking lap dogs and rid us of the whole bunch of them.

Yep you're right

December 7th, 2010
12:47 pm

Barrow is more Republican than Democrat. I’d dump him just on principle that he is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

Keep doing this GOP

December 7th, 2010
12:47 pm

What i would not give to get rid of Broun.

I say-go after ALL of the Bohner-sucking lap dogs and rid us of the whole bunch of them.

Our country would be a lot better off.


December 7th, 2010
12:59 pm

i aint lost a thing us vrs us. i am still married and not hiding behind lawyers like pathetic scott.

Bobby Anthony

December 7th, 2010
1:48 pm

I also would like to see Broun gone.

Mr. KnowitAll

December 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

I hate to inform you— because you might not be aware if you only read the AJC—but Broun and Boehner won by a WIDE–WIDE margin and destroyed their democRat opposition.

Better focus your hate on more productive targets, cause these guys aren’t going anywhere for a long–LONG time. .

Last Man Standing

December 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

Keep doing this GOP:

Yes, we intend to keep doing this, if by “this” you mean the landslide elections just past that buried so many democrats. We will “keep doing this” until we bury even more democrats!

Former Georgina

December 7th, 2010
3:51 pm

How about the legislature draw competitive and districts where both parties have to actually compete for votes and where no one runs in the general election uncontested? No more “safe districts!” The GOP will draw districts that will ensure they stay in power no matter how badly the govern.

Burroughston Broch

December 10th, 2010
11:07 pm

You should add John Lewis to the list. He got less than 74% of the vote against a first time Republican challenger who received zero, yes ZERO support from the national Republican Party. John is 70 now, tiring and ineffective; Fenn Little is 48 and will be back in two years.