Barrow says he won't run for Senate seat

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:32 PM
Last updated 9:07 PM
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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, said Tuesday he will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2014 but will seek re-election in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

Barrow won re-election to a fifth term last year even after state Republicans had redrawn the district to favor a GOP candidate.

“I’m grateful for the encouragement I’ve received from folks all across the state of Georgia, but I’ve decided that I will not be a candidate for the Senate in 2014,” Barrow said in a statement. “I enjoy my work on behalf of the folks in the 12th District, and I look forward to continuing to serve them in the House of Representatives.”

There are no announced Democratic candidates for the seat now held by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Democratic U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, has expressed interest.

Three Republican representatives – Jack Kingston, of Savannah; Paul Broun, of Watkinsville; and Phil Gingrey, of Marietta – have announced plans to seek the Senate seat.

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griff6035
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griff6035 05/07/13 - 03:49 pm
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Senate seat

He saw the light and it was not green.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/07/13 - 03:56 pm
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I don't think alot of folks

I don't think alot of folks would have stood a chance against him. Albeit his popularity is somewhat local, he's charismatic and opponents seem to pale in comparison. Would be awesome in a Stephen King look-a-like contest.

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rmwhitley 05/07/13 - 04:13 pm
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Would
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he have had to move, again?

chascushman
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chascushman 05/07/13 - 04:29 pm
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Ole Barrow ain't stupid he
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Ole Barrow ain't stupid he knows he can't win.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/07/13 - 04:40 pm
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GIMME JOHN BARROW'S POINTS!!

Georgia is about as red as a State can be. While Barrow has clung to his local Congressional seat (narrowly) as the very last white Southern conservative Democrat, that squeaker in the 12th Congressional District was never going to translate into a statewide victory. Smart move, Mr. Barrow.

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Riverman1 05/07/13 - 04:50 pm
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He Was Never Going to Run

Of course he would be ill advised to run. I believe he knew that always and only wanted his name out there a bit. Richmond County will keep him and his Democratic self in Congress for a good while.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/08/13 - 08:16 am
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:facepalm:

He's about the last one that is sincerely interested in the integrity of the 2nd Amendment. But by the tone here, that isn't really anything to build your platform with. Good luck with the other ones yall, I'm sure it will work out great for all of us.

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Darby 05/08/13 - 11:28 pm
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"He saw the light and it was not green"

Yeah, but for a Democrat, it would have to have been BLUE and it hasn't been since Sam Nunn stepped down.

Not in Georgia anyway.

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David Parker 05/09/13 - 08:37 am
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Gotta love it. While Chambliss plays golf and Isakson tweaks Gun-ban legislation, the only one openly protecting the 2nd amendment is bowing out before even entering the race. Barrow is the Dem right?

Darby
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Darby 05/09/13 - 02:57 pm
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"Barrow is the Dem right?"

Yes, but only another Dem could see him as conservative.

Others see him as a slightly to the right of the Democrat center, progressive.

And that's because he can't go any further to the left and still get reelected in that district.

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