Vote recount certifies Lee Anderson as winner of GOP runoff for U.S. District 12 seat

Grovetown farmer will face Barrow in November

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 2:29 PM
Last updated Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 12:48 AM
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A recount of votes Wednesday in the 12th Congressional District Republican primary runoff found no new votes, giving official certification that Grovetown state Rep. Lee Anderson won the Aug. 21 election over Augusta businessman Rick Allen.

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Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections, works with Sanford Loyd (center) and Travis Doss to recount votes in the 12th District Republican primary.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections, works with Sanford Loyd (center) and Travis Doss to recount votes in the 12th District Republican primary.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp certified the results late Wednesday, with Anderson getting 13,785 votes (50.29 percent) to Allen’s 13,626 votes (49.71 percent).

The totals are exactly the same as those certified Tuesday by Kemp’s office, but Allen was permitted a recount because of Anderson’s narrow margin of victory – 159 votes.

Anderson’s campaign staff wasted no time in again declaring the Columbia County hay farmer the runoff winner, even before word reached county elections offices or the public.

In a statement from Anderson communications director Ryan Mahoney, the Republican nominee urged 12th District conservatives to “work together to stop the Obama-Barrow agenda that’s saddling our children and grandchildren with debt, and threatening the future of our economy.”

In a statement, Allen said he respected the certified recount results and congratulated Anderson on his win.

“While we fell a few votes short, I’m proud that our campaign was always truthful, honest and was based on principle, qualities sorely lacking in today’s political environment,” he said.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow, whom Anderson will face Nov. 6, concluded a two-day small business forum Wednesday in Augusta, then announced plans to attend today’s State of the Port address in his former home of Savannah.

Georgia legislators redrew the 12th District last year to increase the odds of a Republican victory. It spans 19 counties from Effingham, north of Savannah, to Columbia County. The changed boundaries prompted Barrow to buy a home in Augusta earlier this year.

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SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 09/05/12 - 10:00 pm
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I'm impressed with the system...

...that both vote counts were the same.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/05/12 - 10:35 pm
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Tough Choice

Voting for either one of these guys will be like taking a big swill of ipecac.

I think I'll just leave this race blank. You really don't have to vote for either one.

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nanowerx 09/06/12 - 07:41 am
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Congrats, John Barrow

Anderson getting the official nod means that Barrow has an easy road to reelection. I am really no fan of either candidate, but Barrow is going to slaughter Anderson in debates.

As a Libertarian, I have no horse in this race, but Anderson would just be disastrous fiscally. I think John Barrow (a Democrat) is more Conservative than him, plus he can get through a sentence without stuttering!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/06/12 - 09:06 am
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Lets open that hard drive one more time.....

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Maybe a "0 became a 1". A lightning strike could have changed the whole runoff. Ah, but once again, a CC public servant who just wanted to represent Harlem will have to be replaced in a "special election". What happened to the rule if you get the job, you stay for the term?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/06/12 - 09:09 am
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Barf Bags will be provided

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with the plastic card at each voting location. Even those that were 10 and are now 12 or 12 and now 10. People who answer the phone at the Board of Elections will still be as confused as the citizens. Cameras are allowed if your heart is in the right place.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/06/12 - 09:18 am
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A Congressman by any other name

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will smell. What the hey? We are much better off when they play mindless games, interview baseball players or celebrity stars who happen to be medical experts. Lets hope John or Lee do not write any legislation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 11:07 am
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Big Spender

You are correct, nonowerx, that Lee Anderson is for bigger and more intrusive government. He promoted bigger government in Columbia County and in the General Assembly. I am slowly coming around to Barrow.

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