Anderson concedes to Barrow in 12th Congressional District race

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 10:42 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 2:46 AM

John Barrow won a fifth term representing the 12th Congressional District on Tuesday by handily defeating state Rep. Lee Anderson.

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Gail Webster (left), of Waynesboro, Ga., joins a supporters for Rep. John Barrow during his election night party at the Partridge Inn. Webster says she has been a supporter of the Democratic congressman for six years.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Gail Webster (left), of Waynesboro, Ga., joins a supporters for Rep. John Barrow during his election night party at the Partridge Inn. Webster says she has been a supporter of the Democratic congressman for six years.

With all 19 counties that make up the district reporting, Barrow had 54 percent of the votes. Anderson, a Grovetown farmer, conceded late Tuesday night.

“The people have spoken,” he said during his concession. “I’d like to thank all of you. We’re here not as politicians, but as servants, and that’s what we plan to continue to do.”

In his victory speech, Barrow said his win was proof that residents voted on the issues rather than by party.

“That is the only hope for our country, that members of Congress can do the same thing and look beyond the labels and focus on the issues we have in common,” Barrow said. “If the members of Congress would take the cue from the voters of the 12th District, we could actually get something done in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Richmond County was key to Barrow’s victory in the redrawn district. The Democrat won 72 percent of the votes in the largest county in the district, getting more than 55,000 votes.

Barrow had an uphill battle in defending his seat. The 12th District was redrawn by Georgia Republicans last year for the second time in his eight-year tenure, this time excluding his Savannah Democratic base and replacing it with most of Republican-leaning Columbia County and the remainder of Richmond County.

Barrow bought a house on Wheeler Road in March.

The redrawn 12th District includes only two counties – Richmond and Burke – that favored President Obama in 2008 and shifted the voting-age population from 45 percent black to just 33 percent black.

The east Georgia district’s counties are Appling, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Coffee, Columbia, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Laurens, Montgomery, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen and Wheeler.

At Barrow’s victory party, supporters chanted his name and took turns hugging the congressman in relief and excitement.

“This means we have another great representative in the U.S. Congress,” Tyler Horne said. “John is very in-tune with his district and represents their needs in an ever-polarized environment.”

Pastor Joseph Hall said Barrow’s victory is a win for all residents of the 12th District – from minorities to the elderly to the upper class. Barrow, Hall said, has based his time in office around representing the needs of the community on an issue-by-issue basis and has a genuine interest in the future of the community.

“All the hard work paid off,” Hall said. “He has done a lot of good and helped a lot of people. He will continue to do that.”

Anderson said that his only regret was that he hadn’t taken the time to meet more of the people he had wanted to represent. He said the business of politics precluded him from spending as much time as he should have talking to the constituents of District 12.

“That’s the only thing I would have done differently,” he said. “I would have gotten out and seen more people. Grass roots, that’s what I am. I wish I had been able to spend more time doing that and less time on the phone raising money. People need to see the person, not a television ad.”

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soitgoes
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soitgoes 11/06/12 - 11:48 pm
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Should have debated

nuf said. And so it goes...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/07/12 - 12:10 am
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No surprise here.

No surprise here.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 11/07/12 - 12:15 am
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Very happy with this outcome

I am actually surprised. I would not bat my eye if I found out the district voted in a guy that refused to be interviewed or debate, voting on party lines is killing democracy. Luckily my fears were put to rest. Congrats to Barrow, maybe the Republicans can put up a good candidate and the Libertarians can actually put up a candidate in 2014.

Tullie
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Tullie 11/07/12 - 07:25 am
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Nope no Surprise

Anderson has no one to blame but himself.

And the people that crossed over to vote for Peebles in the primary election not knowing they could not vote for Republican in the general election.

That is what you get, people not understanding the election process and/or not caring.

David Parker
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David Parker 11/07/12 - 09:51 am
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JB was the only non-Lib I

JB was the only non-Lib I voted for, so that was a good win. Only 698 of us voted for Johnson in the presidential. SMH @Georgia!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/07/12 - 09:52 am
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Ignorance and Apathy
Unpublished

The politicians two best friends. They even trump lobbyists.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/07/12 - 09:55 am
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Clint Eastwood
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A man should know his limitations. Lee will be back. He is the perfect YES man. Because he is on a mission to be a professional politician gaining wealth on the taxpayers dime.

prov227
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prov227 11/07/12 - 10:56 am
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Media and understanding of the issues

I think Anderson believes handshaking primarily gets one elected. However, he had little desire (or maybe talent) for reaching people through the media, filtered as it is, and, at times, demonstrated scant understanding of national issues, such as the cause of the national deficit (Anderson promoted spending more on the Defense Department rather than dealing with waste and errant foreign policy) and the role of the Federal Reserve. Honesty is important, but knowledge and communication skills are also. The 12th District Republican Party did not present their best candidate and that was the failure.

jeff scott
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jeff scott 11/07/12 - 11:31 am
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Wake up call...

This ought to make some republicans wake up. He sought and succeeded in raising taxes and refused to debate....twice. That is why I ashamedly voted for Barrow. Anderson clearly was not the future of the party. It will take considerably more dynamism than he has. This rejection was deserved and resounding. His primary opponents did not support the tax and could actually argue passionately about issues. That is were the mistake was made. Blame goes to the tractor huggers....they're responsible for this ridiculous misadventure.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/07/12 - 03:33 pm
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How About That

So Anderson says he regrets not going out into the hinterlands and meeting voters. I mentioned on here six weeks ago that Anderson's only hope would be to barnstorm in the small towns and rural areas outside of Richmond and Columbia counties. Now he tells us he did not do it. He deserves what he got.

ChrisP
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ChrisP 11/07/12 - 04:27 pm
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Who was running Anderson's

campaign? It looked like a group of 7th graders who wanted their friend to be class president.

I follow politics (have a degree in Poly. Sci.) and I have never seen a more incompetent campaign in my life than the one running Anderson's. GA-12 was specifically designed so a Republican could go on cruise control and win it. Anderson's campaign told him not to debate (what an idiot-that is where you LOST the election)(News Flash: Anderson needed to practice debating and cram the GOP's talking points on the key issues so he could of sounded half-way intelligent-not hard to do). His commercials were horrible, his campaign posters with the tractor were really dumb (makes no sense to target just one small constituency in your future district), he refused to give any meaningful interviews, and like he admitted above, he didn't go out and talk to his future constituents (even the dreaded Richmond County folk, Mr. Anderson). Heck, Mr Hay Farmer even underperformed in the farming areas.

John Barrow did not beat Lee Anderson. Lee Anderson beat himself by having an incompetent staff telling him to do nothing and cruise to victory. Shame on his advisors and shame on Lee Anderson for listening to them. It looks like they wanted him to lose. Did the liberals infiltrate his campaign? Moles?

Monday Morning Quarterbacking, you might say. Nope. Just clear common sense problems anyone who has taken Politics 101 could see.

Next time the GOP needs to at least nominate someone with a competent campaign staff and someone who is half-way intelligent.

Shame on all of you. Anderson and his staff need to get out of all politics for good. You are the best weapon of the Democrats.

BeachGirl
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BeachGirl 11/07/12 - 11:44 pm
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Anderson- embarrassing republican

Anderson lost his own race to John Barrow. First of all, Anderson was to coward to debate. Furthermore, he should have been educated on the issues but appeared to be some-what simple-minded. His vocabulary and communication skills were not comparable to a middle school student. Lee was proud of the slogan, "Barrow and Obama gotta go"..... trying to earn brownie points with the republicans by assuming that's what we wanted to hear. Little did he know he we were embarrassed. Also, Lee displayed a campaign sign on Bobby Jones, in Martinez, with a slogan.... "Boot Barrow and Obama". (Sound like a Columbia Middle school student??) Guess who got booted? Now that "you gotta go" You will have to get on your tractor and drive it as far into Appling as you can go. Don't forget you and the tractor need to stay there in the country (bumpkin) where you belong, Mr. Southern Bell.

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