November 6th, 2012
11:16 PM ET
10 years ago

Sole white male Democratic Congressman in Deep South keeps his seat

Washington (CNN) - Moderate Georgia Democratic Rep. John Barrow was re-elected to a fifth term in the House on Tuesday, CNN projects, and remains the last white male Democrat from the Deep South in the House of Representatives.

The remaining Democratic congressmen from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia are African Americans.

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Barrow, one of the so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats, the group of fiscal conservatives in the House, has faced strong Republican challenges every cycle, and this year Republican Lee Anderson got 46% to Barrow's 54% of the vote. Both parties put considerable resources into the race.

Although Barrow survived this year, the ranks of moderate Democrats have dwindled in the House, and fellow Blue Dog Larry Kissell lost his race in North Carolina.

Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Georgia • Mississippi • South Carolina
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    At least there are still a few people in rural Georgia with their head on straight. I know Baxley well, and I am proud that that area did not sell out to the righties.

    I hope Georgia's republicans will work with the dems and the President to move America Forward.

    November 6, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. nothing new here

    John Barrow is affiliated with the Democrats, but he is a moderate that thinks with his own mind. We need more people like this! Independent voters, moderates and all other free-thinkers need to start voting third party, or at least for people that are not enslaved to political/religious platforms.
    People of America – stop being sheep.

    November 7, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Bubba

    Barrow's a good old boy. He's probably drinking a Bud right now to celebrate. They ran ads saying he was the Devil and that's just sad. People are mean and weird.

    November 7, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |