Center Forward, a public policy non-profit organization, made an investment of $357,000 in advertisement in Georgia’s 12th District to promote Rep. John Barrow who is facing a tough election in November.
Center Forward, initially called the Blue Dog Research Forum, was founded after 2010 elections to support politically moderate lawmakers.
Barrow is part of the Blue Dog Democrats Coalition – a group of moderate Democrats, and his voting record according to GovTrack analysis is centrist.
Barrow’s 12th District has been redrawn after 2010 census to include the Republican-leaning Augusta area but leave out the Democratic stronghold of Savannah.
In 2011, the National Journal named Barrow one of the “Top 10 Most Endangered Democrats.”
Barrow was always fighting an uphill battle as a Democrat in his politically diverse district, but now D-12 is positively majority-Republican.
Barrow still doesn’t know whom he will face on November 6th. The Republican competition for the seat is so fierce, the July 31 primary election ended in a runoff.
On top of that, two days after the primary it is still unclear who will be in the runoff since two candidates, Rick W. Allen and Wright McLeod, came in virtually tied and the recount of votes might take up to a week.
There were four candidates fighting to be the Republican candidate in 12th District, another sign that the GOP believes the seat is for their taking.