Rep. John Barrow survived a primary scare Tuesday.
The Georgia Democrat easily defeated former state Sen. Regina Thomas (D), taking 62 percent of the vote with 242 of 285 precincts reporting. The Associated Press declared him the winner.
Barrow was under fire for voting against healthcare reform in March. His “no” vote so infuriated his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill that only 10 members gave to his campaign this year, down from 22 in the 2008 cycle.
Thomas hoped to capitalize on Barrow’s controversial vote and her demographic advantage in the primary for the heavily African-American district. But she failed to raise enough money to be competitive.
Moreover, she was taking her second crack at Barrow, having lost to him by more than 50 points in 2008. Washington-based Democratic strategists anticipated Barrow would survive Tuesday’s vote.
Republican Ray McKinney leads the pack vying to challenge Barrow, but that primary could go to a runoff.