Georgia Senate 2014: John Barrow Ducks Race, Costing Dems A Top Recruit

7
May

Georgia Senate 2014: John Barrow Ducks Race, Costing Dems A Top Recruit

One of Democrats’ two top recruits for the Georgia Senate seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) bowed out of consideration Tuesday, potentially clearing the field for Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Peach State Sen. Sam Nunn (D).

Democrats told The Huffington Post that Nunn and Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) were the two top choices in Georgia, but many Democratic insiders openly favored Barrow as the party standard-bearer because he has a proven track record of winning tough races in the Republican-leaning state.

Barrow’s departure leaves Democrats without a strong, known candidate. Republicans were quick to pounce on Barrow’s withdrawal as evidence of a Democratic recruiting failure in one of the few states where Democrats think they have a chance to pick up a GOP-held seat in 2014.

“Barrow’s decision is the biggest recruiting failure of the 2014 cycle and ensures that Republicans are on offense across the map,” said Brad Dayspring, the spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Democrats in Washington threw everything at Barrow, who realized the seat is unwinnable and left the Democratic National Senatorial Committee standing at the altar. Republicans have a strong field of energetic candidates that represent Georgia values and will win in 2014.”

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