Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Dem upset in Georgia 12

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Incumbent Representative John Barrow (D) was expected to lose this year’s Congressional race to Lee Anderson (R) after the district lines were redrawn to include a much more Republican majority.  However, what once was supposed to be a Republican victory is now declared “tilt Democrat“.  Here is the low-down on both candidates:

Congressman John Barrow (D)

Barrow is currently serving his fourth term in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.  He grew up in East Georgia, where his family has lived for seven generations.  Both his parents served in WWII, and his father presided over the case that desegregated local public schools.  After attending University of Georgia, John went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.  In 1990, he was elected to serve on the Athens-Clarke County Commission, and in 2004, he was elected to Congress.

He represents Georgia’s families, promoting fiscally conservative policies and bipartisanship.  In the past, Barrow has voted for the “Jobs for Main Street” Bill, H.I.R.E. (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment) Act, the GI Bill, and the “No Budget, No Pay” Act.

Lee Anderson (R)

Anderson was born and raised in Columbia County, attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Brewton Parker College, and then moved back to Grovetown to run the family farm.  He was president of the  Columbia Country Farm Bureau and is a member of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.  He has served on the Columbia Board of Education and the Columbia County Commission, and in 2008, he was elected to serve as a representative in the Georgia State House.

He says he is running for Congress for two reasons: “to balance the budget and send John Barrow and Barack Obama back home.”  He wants to: protect Medicare, cut federal spending by 5%, repeal and replace Obamacare, pass pro-life legislation, completely stop illegal immigration by securing our borders, and create local control of education.


Up until 2008, Georgia’s 12th District has had a very weak Democratic presence.  In the last few years, it has seen a resurgence of Democratic campaigning, and John Barrow is determined to distinguish the Republican effort to keep him out of office.

The polls currently leads Anderson by 48 to 45.


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