Election-State

August 21, 2012

GOP runoff will decide opponent for Rep. Barrow

SAVANNAH — Georgia voters are trudging back to the polls to choose a Republican challenger for the Deep South’s last white Democratic congressman.

In Tuesday’s GOP runoff, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown faces construction firm CEO Rick W. Allen of Augusta for east Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. The winner will face Democratic Rep. John Barrow in November.

The Republican rivals finished first and second in last month’s crowded primary, but fell short of the majority needed to clinch the GOP nomination.

Anderson is running on his legislative experience and ties to fellow farmers. Allen touts himself as a political outsider with three decades of business experience.

Republicans see an opening to beat Barrow after his district was redrawn last year.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

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