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

November 4 Election Winner:
Rick Allen Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Barrow Democratic Party
John Barrow.jpg

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.

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]

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.[7]


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May 20, 2014, primary results

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Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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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.[20] 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).[21]

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.[22]


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.[23] 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.[23]

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.[23] Barrow is one of the NRCC’s top targets in 2014.[23]

District history


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"


On November 2, 2010, John Barrow won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raymond McKinney (R) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 12th Congressional District, 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


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Georgia Redistricting "Map" accessed July 2012
  8. Examiner, "Eugene Yu drops out of Senate race, enters Ga's 12th district," accessed February 24, 2014
  9. Z Politics, "Eugene Yu announces for U. S. Senate," accessed August 26, 2013
  10. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Your daily jolt: Korean-American to enter GOP race for U.S. Senate," accessed August 26, 2013
  11. Florida Times Union, "Georgia's first Korean candidate for Senate says common sense makes him qualified," accessed August 26, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Georgia Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed March 8, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "Georgia: House Aide Stone to Challenge Barrow Again in 2014," February 15, 2013
  14. The Republic "Rick Allen of Augusta running again for GOP nomination to challenge Rep. John Barrow in 2014" accessed June 5, 2012
  15. Peach Pundit, "Delvis Dutton Enters 12th CD Race To Challenge Barrow," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Daily Journal, "State Rep. Delvis Dutton enters GOP primary race for congressional seat of Democrat Barrow," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Republic "No shortage of Ga. Republicans weighing challenges to Rep. John Barrow for GOP-leaning seat" accessed June 14, 2013
  18. Atlanta Journal Constitution "GOP hits John Barrow, still waiting on a candidate" accessed June 14, 2013
  19. Augusta Chronicle "Wright McLeod says he won't run for U.S. Congress seat" accessed June 14, 2013
  20. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
  21. FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  22. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Roll Call, "House Republicans Attack John Barrow on Ga. Television #GA12," accessed August 14, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"