Congressman John Barrow earned his fourth term in Congress Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Ray McKinney in the race for Georgia's U.S. House District 12.
With 72 percent of the precincts reporting, the Democrat had 54 percent of the vote to 46 percent for McKinney.
Barrow said his record of putting the district's interests first resonated with his constituents.
"I know there's a lot of anger directed at a lot of people for a lot of reasons. But I'm not running into that. Folks are telling me they're proud of the way I'm voting for the district and putting the interests of the district ahead of anyone in Washington.
"I'm more interested in the jobs of folks back home instead of the jobs of party leaders somewhere else."
McKinney offered Barrow his congratulations in defeat.
"While I really would have liked to have been elected as the 12th District's next United States congressman, I have won in so many other ways throughout this campaign," McKinney said. "I have made a lot of new friends, and experienced many wonderful things that I would have otherwise never been able to experience had it not been for my travels while I was campaigning. Earlier this evening I called and congratulated my opponent, John Barrow, and told him it was an honor to have been able to debate him, and thanked him for keeping the campaign clean and civil."
Barrow said he understands the frustration of Americans at what's going on - and what isn't - in Washington, D.C. He said he sees how those at the Capitol are pushing issues and agendas that aren't helping solve problems.
"They think we're not focused on the most important thing, the thing the last election turned on, and that's fixing our broken economy and putting people back to work again," he said. "That is the concern of the vast majority of Americans."
Barrow said prominent Republicans have told him he has their vote because of the way he has stood up to his own party leadership.
"I'm very encouraged by the reaction I'm getting," he said. "They see I'm trying to focus on the economy and I'm trying to vote the interests of the district. They know I vote the interests of the district.
"I work with folks on my side of the aisle when I think they're right. I work with folks on the other side of the aisle when I think they're right," Barrow said. "I think that's what folks want us to do all the time. If you do that, there's going to somebody who's going to be upset with you at any time, because they're more interested in partisan politics."