Monday, November 13, 2006

More on Barrow/Marshall

Interesting bit in this morning's New York Times:

"Politically speaking, Georgia proved to be a mirror image of the rest of the country in the midterm elections. Republicans swept nearly every statewide office, and turnout among Democrats was low, thanks to a lackluster candidate for governor. But two Democratic congressmen in highly competitive races in the state seem to have successfully fought those odds, though they are hanging on by the slenderest of margins and are still waiting for their opponents to concede."

I wasn't aware that Collins/Burns hadn't conceded, though it doesn't surprise me. How much of a loser can you possibly be if you can't beat Democrats in the State of Georgia?

"The two Democrats, Jim Marshall of Macon, in the Eighth Congressional District, and John Barrow of Savannah, in the 12th District, were on the Republican Party’s short list of beatable incumbents. Their adjoining districts, which encompass large rural areas, were redrawn by a Republican legislature, their opponents were former congressmen, and the National Republican Congressional Committee poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the races. President Bush campaigned in each district twice."

Sounds like Collins/Burns should have taken a page from Charlie Crist in Florida and run like hell when Bush came calling.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will Barrow/Marshall hang on to their seats?

Anonymous said...

I think so.

Anonymous said...

they just called those races yesterday (wednesday) for our guys.

Anonymous said...

Another question: Will Barro/Marshall hang on to their seats in two years?

Dawg Corleone said...

Marshall might run for Senate. He might be the only Democrat with a real shot, though some might argue for Baker and/or Thurmond.

Barrow should be safe. The 12th is too black to elect a Republican, really in most years but certainly in a presidential year.

Anonymous said...

I'd really like to see Marshall in the Senate. I think he's got a shot but I'd really hate to lose that Congressional seat.

Dawg Corleone said...

By the way, Burns has just conceded.

Todd Mitchell said...

You mention Marshall running for Senate, but I wonder if Barrow might not jump into that race too. I think Marshall would have a better chance against Chambliss, but Barrow just might be crazy enough to try.

If Barrow jumped out of the 12th, how interesting would it be if Mike Thurmond came back home (well, it used to be Athens) and tried for congress?

Jmac said...

I see Thurbert Baker going for governor in a few years with Shirley Franklin and Jim Marshall possibly considering the U.S. Senate.

I don't see Barrow seeking the Senate. He'd face a primary challenge and would be hard-pressed to emerge from a statewide race.

Anonymous said...

Who do we want as Party Chairman?

Anonymous said...

How about someone who doesn't use party resources to pimp their consulting business.

Dawg Corleone said...

Shirley Franklin shot herself in the foot big time with that John Eaves radio commercial. She was a longshot statewide anyway; much longer now.