Georgia's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Georgia's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Barrow Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[3]

Georgia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th Congressional District of Georgia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Heading into the election the incumbent is John Barrow (D), who was first elected in 2004.

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Barrow's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[4] Barrow is also a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[5]

The NRCC added Rick Allen to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[6][7] Allen beat out four other Republican challengers for the nomination in the primary election. He will attempt to unseat Barrow in the general election.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 7, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Georgia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[8][9][10]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[11]

See also: Georgia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is John Barrow (D), who was first elected in 2004.

Georgia's 12th Congressional District covers much of the east central parts of the state.[12]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Allen 54% 25,007
Eugene Yu 16.5% 7,655
Delvis Dutton 14.3% 6,614
John Stone 12.5% 5,811
Diane Vann 2.7% 1,233
Total Votes 46,320
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Incumbent John Barrow (D), is one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[25] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Barrow's district ranks as the 4th most Republican (41% D).[26]

Barrow is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[5]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Rick Allen (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[27][28]

Issues

GOP District Caucus

On February 24, 2014, John Stone (R) called for a special district caucus to choose a leading Republican candidate to challenge incumbent John Barrow (D) in the general election, rather than a contested primary that could lead to a costly runoff election.[29]

“More candidates almost guarantees you have a runoff scenario. What we need to do in this election is win the seat, not serve our own egos in doing so," Stone said in a news conference.[29]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[30] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[31] John Barrow voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[32]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[33] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. John Barrow voted for HR 2775.[34]

Endorsements

Media


Delvis Dutton's first ad, released in May 2014, "The Other Guys."

The National Republican Congressional Committee's second ad against Barrow, "ObamaCare is Here to Stay, Thanks to John Barrow"

Rick Allen's May 2014 ad attacking Eugene Yu.

Rick Allen

On May 16, 2014, just days ahead of the primary election, Rick Allen released an ad that attacked primary rival Eugene Yu over his financial history, including having filed for bankruptcy.[36]

Delvis Dutton

Delvis Dutton released his first campaign ad, "The Other Guys," on May 1, 2014. In the 15-second ad Dutton told voters that the “other guys are running for Congress,” but that he’s “running against Congress.”[37]

“If you want more of the same, I’m not your guy. But if you want to send a message, I’m your man,” Dutton also said in the ad.[37]

Campaign contributions

John Barrow

John Barrow (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$66,947.58$436,133.63$(63,549.96)$439,531.25
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$439,531.25$483,576.84$(93,643.48)$829,464.61
October Quarterly[40]October 13, 2013$829,464.61$274,443.23$(77,879.31)$1,026,028.53
Year-end[41]January 31, 2014$1,026,028$301,665$(96,317)$1,231,376
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$1,231,376$292,722$(81,851)$1,442,247
Running totals
$1,788,540.7$(413,240.75)

Rick Allen

Rick Allen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]July 11, 2013$9,697.85$0.00$(3,883.41)$5,814.44
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$5,814.44$141,970.00$(34,825.82)$112,958.62
Year End[45]January 31, 2014$92,130$108,311$(99,514)$100,927
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$100,927$210,299$(144,443)$157,782
Running totals
$460,580$(282,666.23)

John Stone

John Stone (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2013$1,525.79$0.00$(167.07)$1,358.72
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$1,525.79$23,727.73$(7,229.69)$18,023.83
Year End[49]January 31, 2014$43,552$67,865$(69,621)$41,596
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$41,596$30,411$(16,787)$55,219
Running totals
$122,003.73$(93,804.76)

Eugene Yu

Eugene Yu (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2013$0.00$245,698$(217,000)$28,697
Year-End[52]January 31, 2014$28,697$330,767$(278,922)$51,845
April Quarterly[53]April 15, 2014$51,845$326,015$(141,964)$235,896
Running totals
$902,480$(637,886)

Yu had loaned his campaign more than $736,000 as of April 30, 2014. However, he did not list that much in liquid assets on his personal financial disclosure, and the income from his investments are a fraction of that amount.[54]

Delvis Dutton

Delvis Dutton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2014$0$114,581$(10,230)$104,351
Running totals
$114,581$(10,230)

Diane Vann

Diane Vann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2014$0$11,037$(10,912)$125
Running totals
$11,037$(10,912)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, John Barrow (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Lee Anderson in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barrow Incumbent 53.7% 139,148
     Republican Lee Anderson 46.3% 119,973
Total Votes 259,121
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Barrow won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Raymond McKinney (R) in the general election.[57]

U.S. House, Georgia District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barrow incumbent 56.6% 92,459
     Republican Raymond McKinney 43.4% 70,938
Total Votes 163,397

See also

External links

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