As he predicted, Augusta construction company owner Rick Allen defeated Democratic Rep. John Barrow on Tuesday to reclaim Georgia’s 12th Congressional District for the Republican Party for the first time in 10 years.
According to unofficial results, Allen, 62, received 55 percent of the vote in the 12th’s first midterm election since being redrawn in 2011 to replace Barrow’s Savannah base with Columbia, Appling, Coffee and Jeff Davis counties, each of which lean Republican.
Barrow, 58, nabbed 45 percent of the vote, ending a 10-year run in the House as the Deep South’s last white Democratic congressman.
Allen, who projected a 58-42 win in early October, will become the first Republican to serve the 12th District since Max Burns in 2004.
“What a night and what a victory,” Allen said in his victory speech to campaign supporters at Augusta’s Hilton Garden Inn. “What we have started is a trickle of real-life people going to Washington. We have it right here in Georgia, and we have it across the country.”