John Barrow’s race to survive now rated ‘tilt Democrat’

The Rothenberg Political Report is now handicapping Georgia’s 12th District congressional race as “toss-up/tilt Democrat” – with an assessment that U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, may yet again escape Republican attempts to re-district him out of Congress.

The explanation is behind a pay wall, but Georgia Tipsheet says it includes this sentence:

“This district is one that should have never been a headache for the GOP, but after getting a weak nominee in state Rep. Lee Anderson, reality is setting in for many Republican operatives.”

Barrow has also been the beneficiary of a well-crafted TV campaign, emphasizing his dedication to gun rights and also focusing on Anderson’s refusal to meet him in debates.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Silent Jay

October 26th, 2012
5:38 pm

I’m first.

I always wondered what it would feel like.


October 26th, 2012
5:48 pm

Is this to mean just because you have an (R) after your name, it does not guarantee an election win in GA? Lordy, lordy, what is the world coming to?


October 26th, 2012
5:52 pm

Also, I doubt GOP is terribly stressed out since Barrow votes with them most of time and they don’t need his vote to organize House.


October 26th, 2012
5:54 pm

To add new meaning to the Devil came down to Ga looking for a vote to steal…

If the devil poped out of hell in GA and declared himself Devil (R) running for office..

God Bless the USA

Re-elect President OBAMA!


October 26th, 2012
6:27 pm

Have you seen the Barrow commercials, especially the one with his guns? They are hilarious. Too bad his voting record isn’t as well thought out!


October 26th, 2012
6:38 pm

Larry Sabato (University of Virginia Center for Politics) has GA-12 in their “lean Republican” category still. I wouldn’t count Barrow out, by any means, but not everyone is as certain of his chances. I think their overall projection – an approximate net gain of 5 Democratic seats in the House – will come to pass.


October 26th, 2012
8:38 pm

It would be a welcomed surprise if this were the turning point where low information Georgians stopped voting for the doofus-du-jour just because of the (R) next to their name on the ballot.
Now that all the former dixiecrats have jumped to republican, it would finally mean real, progressive change to re-elect the blue dogs and follow up with some real Progressive Democrats.
One can hope.


October 26th, 2012
8:44 pm

And Frankenstorms might come flying out of your butt.


October 26th, 2012
9:36 pm

A few moderate democrats and republicans may help the do nothing congress do something.The congress under Tea Party leadership Bachman. Atkins, Cantor. Bonior, Broun, Issa, Chaffetz,, Walsh, filibuster Mcconnell has 12% approval rate They worked 109 days, did not return their pay for other days. Oh , they say they do business in home district but what are staff, phones, computers for? Please vote.


October 26th, 2012
10:23 pm

If you do not see candidate’s face or I approve….It is super pac like American crossroads/GPS/ Karl Rove, American Prosperity/Koch Bros who take money from wealthy to run lies/half-truths advertisements against democrats. 75% or more of money is used against democrats. Why do you think the wealthy/millionaires are trying to buy your vote for republicans? They like their tax cuts/other things, They did not create jobs in USA.
All Republican Senators and U.S. Rep. voted for Ryan Budget 2011 and President Rommey said he would sign it. The budget cuts entitlements to: Rommy’s 47%::: 17 billion from veterans programs, 35% from medicaid, food stamps, education, research. I am surprised small business are not out there fighting for democrats:: Demand is where they make money and stay in business. someone gets medicaid , stays in nursing home , nursing home. hire staff, doctor, nurse, other staff who shop at stores, eat at restaurant, buy a car, cause demand so business stays in business and hires. Take any veterans check : they buy cars, groceries, uses tricare at doctor, who hires staff who create demand by shopping and small business hires. check/think about mulitiplying effect check c-span for rommey video 5/14/12, Ryan’s Budget 2011, senator/u. s. rep votes, bills, hearing . If you do not have a choice for a race and are allowed to, write in your mayor or a veteran, principal of school or? Who will take care of grandma if not enough medicaid? how will you get healthcare for your child when medicaid is cut if you are unemployed/low paid workers? Who will put food in your families belly when Republicans slash these food stamps/cut school lunches.

You need to check out rommeys video 5/14/12 , Ryan budget which all republicans in senate and house voted for and Rommey said he would sign.
You can check video, budget and votes out at c-span. You may find out you want to mix those R’s up, write in names if you have to. If you are not a millionaire the budget could be law: cut 17 billion from veterans programs. 35% from medicaid, who will stay with grandma while you are at work when nursing home closes down? It also changed medicare to voucher. You should believe what they said before they got sweet to buy your vote.



October 26th, 2012
10:40 pm

Thank You (Damn republicans) for tanking the economy exporting jobs to china. And you want us to believe that two faced charlatan from the planet Kolob.

Re-elect a real leader President OBAMA!


October 26th, 2012
10:45 pm

Maybe we in south Ga can throw a bum out (Jack Kingston) and get a dem in his place. Pretty tired of him doing nothing but rubber stamping the kook crowd of the GOP.


October 26th, 2012
10:50 pm

Jim this Meebo spyware needs to go.


October 27th, 2012
12:14 am

liberal wacko froot loops. that’s why we can’t have nice things around here.


October 27th, 2012
5:54 am

I live in district 12 and John Barrow is in big trouble its going to be hard for him to win with his voting record.


October 27th, 2012
6:06 am

We got a crook and a bum in NGA (Tom Graves). He is the poster child of the TP.


October 27th, 2012
6:43 am

I think John Barrow is great. My horses live in Methingham County, which is in his district. (Yes the cops up there call it Methinham. It’s full of yankees afraid to live near blacks in Chatham, so they all live there with the red neck meth dealers. John Barrow actually votes the way those white people want him to, which is what a representative should do. Even though he started out as more liberal in Athens. Well the district has been gerrymandered 3x, but hopefully he’ll stay in congress.

Meanwhile, as someone supra said, we’re stuck with Jack Kingston who unfortunately represents the bigots and rich and those who don’t want any minorities or women to have equal rights. I’ve even avoided speaking to him and shaking his hands at funerals and at the vet’s office. (He breeds his dogs, duh, like there aren’t even dogs in the world already and his are not the best goldens ever.) While others fawn over it, I avoid his “mormon missionary” self. (That phrase was coined for him many years ago, way before Romney.) We’ll never get rid of him. I was compelled to vote for a dblack female lawyer who was in trouble with the feds and GA bar assn. who ran against him a few years ago.
The only thing I don’t like about John Barrow is that his marriage to Dr. Pentlarge, my dog’s eye doctor, broke up over his having to move from Athens after gerrymandering of his district. She is a great vet!

That Anderson idiot, if he wins, will set back the imagine of GA another 100 yrs. He’s totally illiterate.

Buford Sowega

October 27th, 2012
6:46 am

@ Shine– I have to disagree about your estimation of Jack Kingston. While he is a staunch conservative, he’s far from “rubber stamping” all things righty. He’s among the most intelligent of our representatives, and some of his policies have been very forward thinking, especially his thoughts on energy issues. Now I’m about one click left of center, and I can think of plenty of GOP reps that are a flat out embarrassment. Jack is not one of them. Y’all up in North Georgia enjoy your Paul Brouns and your Tom Graves. I’d take Kingston and Bishop any day.

Regardless of who is in the oval office next year, what we need are a few flaming, radical moderates in congress to hurl some firebombs of compromise, launch guerrilla attacks of joint-sponsored legislation, and perhaps just remind these true believer newcomers what their job is supposed to be.


October 27th, 2012
6:50 am


The Ryan plan would not have cut Medicaid by 35%, if by “cut” you mean “spend less than is spent now” and if by” 35%” you mean “35%.” In Washington “cut” does not mean what it means in the rest of the English-speaking world. it means “spend more tomorrow than we spend today but spend less than a plan written on a piece of paper yesterday said we were going to spend tomorrow.” Funny money.

Your assertion would have us believe that if we spend, say, 1,000,000,000 on Medicaid today we would spend, under the Ryan plan, 650,000,000 tomorrow. That is not how math is done in Washington.


October 27th, 2012
7:27 am

It’s such a shame that people think in terms of Democrat and Republican and forget that our legislators should put the citizens of the US before a political party. Barrow has been hounded by Republicans the last three or four elections, but I cannot find much of a reason to vote against the man.

blue dog

October 27th, 2012
8:22 am

Lee Anderson did not win Columbia County, his “home” county as a state representative. What does that tell you. He refuses to debate because he would embarrass himself and his supporters.
Now, compared to Barrow, who is a Harvard graduate, the decision is obvious. Anyone who votes for a near illiterate simpleton over Barrow does so for the wrong reason….just because of the “R” before his name. How embarrassing for Ga, if he is elected. We will be the laughing stock of the country.
Georgians, please think about who is best for our state. Then vote as a Georgian, not a puppet Republican.


October 27th, 2012
9:20 am

We got all y’all beat.

Paul Broun (not the brightest bulb in the box) is our Representative.

South GA Food Taxer

October 27th, 2012
9:35 am

Namecalling, namecalling, namecalling. If ya’ll want moderates in Congress, you need to act like moderates yourself.


October 27th, 2012
9:55 am

Living in this district you barely know a Republican is running. A sign here and there. But tv and cabel are totally Barrow commericials.


October 27th, 2012
9:56 am

I can’t understand the Rothenberg Report. Tossup Democrat? Lean Republican? Favored, Tilt and Pure? It sounds like new flavors for medical pot, man. The only think more confounding is 50 something Brad Pitt doing a tone poem in that Channel commercial. Next time let a Jonas Brother do it, it would make more sense.


October 27th, 2012
10:12 am

I’m all for the right to bear arms, death penalty, assisted suicide, planned parenthood, universal healthcare, world peace, women’s choice… I’ve already voted Obama.

If you have the internet available, hehe, look up Mitt Romney. Highlight his name, right-click on the highlighted portion, and choose search. See, I’ve made it impeccably easy to assist the endeavor. With Romney, you should listen for “I’m open to”, “I’ll consider”, “I’m willing to talk”…. Watch the videos you find. I’ve done my research.

I’ve seen good men and bad run cons for better or worse down here in DeKalb. I smell them by now before they get to the window of my car. Some cons, pyramid schemes etc give people bright eyes and hopes of wealth, a very few will get that. I see them at the airport going to the conferences, on the street-corners, and at the gas stations. Always talking, always out to make the most money. These are not people I would entrust my country to.

Simply the opinion of an educated voter. Do your own research, make an opinion for yourself, and DON’T beat your neighbor up over a bumper sticker. Barack Obama, search that as well. Interesting things will you find. What’s in a name?

“that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”

I’ve put the names here for searching – welcome to the internet. Every living being is different from me in some small way, and I respect your decisions. I voted Obama.


October 27th, 2012
10:38 am


Common sense, a rare commodity here in GA.

I had wondered if the folks in broun’s district were funding lee anderson just to move the ‘dimmest bulb’ title.


October 27th, 2012
5:55 pm

Nice to see the Soros crowd out today. Hope the pay is better than last time.