by Craig Dimitri

Freshman Rep. John Barrow (D) has escaped the possibility of being the only Democratic House or Senate incumbent to be defeated, in the watershed Democratic year of 2006.  On Wednesday, November 15, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office certified him as the winner over the Republican he unseated two years ago, former Rep. Max Burns (R). 

Barrow defeated Burns, officially, by a margin of just 864 votes, out of about 142,000 cast, less than 1%.  According to the Savannah Morning News, Burns has until Friday at 4 PM to request a recount, to which he is entitled as a result of the race falling under the 1% threshold.  It is not clear if he will do so, over a district that encompasses 22 counties.

Burns’ defeat was yet another disappointment for the national GOP, which had sent President George W. Bush into the district twice, to campaign for the former congressman.  It also meant that the Republicans had failed to defeat a single Democratic incumbent in the House or Senate, anywhere in the nation, in 2006.

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