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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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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Declined to run

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.[21] 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).[22]

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.[23]

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."[24][25]

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.[26]

“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.[26]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[27] 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.[28] John Barrow voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[29]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[30] 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.[31]

Endorsements

Media


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

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced its second television campaign targeting Rep. John Barrow on August 13, 2013.[33] The ad — backed by a $10,000 buy in the Augusta media market — seeks to tie Barrow to the president’s health care law, which remains unpopular in Georgia.[33]

This marks the House GOP committee’s second ad buy against Barrow in the 2014 cycle. In March 2013, the NRCC spent $2,750 on an ad against Barrow in the Augusta media market.[33] Barrow is one of the NRCC’s top targets in 2014.[33]

Campaign contributions

John Barrow

John Barrow (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$66,947.58$436,133.63$(63,549.96)$439,531.25
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$439,531.25$483,576.84$(93,643.48)$829,464.61
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$829,464.61$274,443.23$(77,879.31)$1,026,028.53
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$1,026,028$301,665$(96,317)$1,231,376
April Quarterly[38]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[39]July 11, 2013$9,697.85$0.00$(3,883.41)$5,814.44
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$5,814.44$141,970.00$(34,825.82)$112,958.62
Year End[41]January 31, 2014$92,130$108,311$(99,514)$100,927
April Quarterly[42]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[43]April 15, 2013$1,525.79$0.00$(167.07)$1,358.72
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$1,525.79$23,727.73$(7,229.69)$18,023.83
Year End[45]January 31, 2014$43,552$67,865$(69,621)$41,596
April Quarterly[46]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[47]October 15, 2013$0.00$245,698$(217,000)$28,697
Year-End[48]January 31, 2014$28,697$330,767$(278,922)$51,845
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$51,845$326,015$(141,964)$235,896
Running totals
$902,480$(637,886)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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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.[50]

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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