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Democratic super PAC invests in John Barrow in Georgia

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A Democratic super PAC Patriot Majority invested $46,000 in television advertising for the reelection of U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga) in Georgia’s 12th congressional district, and released an ad available online starting Monday. The spot, which underscores Barrow’s efforts to strengthen the middle class, will air in Augusta and Savannah this fall.

The transcript of the 30-second ad reads as follows:

“Today, every door to the middle class seems locked with higher cost of living, retirement out of reach, in jobs shipped overseas. So John Barrow is opening doors to the middle class. Barrow is working to keep prescription drugs affordable for seniors, reduce the cost to student loans for working families, and stop cuts to Medicare. Call John Barrow, thank him for putting the middle class first.”

Barrow is running against Republican Rick Allen, the CEO of a construction company in Augusta. The Democrat is facing another challenging election this year in his conservative-leaning district.

Georgia Republicans re-drew the 12th district after the 2010 census, leaving out Savannah, the Democratic stronghold, and replaced it with conservative Augusta. Out of 14 districts in Georgia, nine already belong to Republicans.

But Barrow ran a smart campaign in 2012, unlike his opponent Lee Anderson who refused to even debate the incumbent, and won by eight points. This year, Republicans hope to make the 12th district, where there are more registered Republicans than Democrats, reliably red.

Barrow has a centrist voting record, according to, and he is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives. He is the last white Blue Dog Democrat from deep South.

In 2012 Barrow was helped by President Barack Obama’s name on the ballot. The 2012 election cycle drew quite a big voter turnout from Georgia Democrats. Since Obama is not on the ballot this year, Barrow’s 2012 supporters won’t show up in as large numbers.

The election will take place on November 4th, 2014.