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Barrow, Stone win District 12 primaries
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     With 90 percent of Georgia precincts reporting, two-term Democratic Congressman John Barrow will face Republican challenger John Stone for the U.S House District 12 seat in November.
        Barrow defeated State Senator Regina Thomas 76.1 percent to 23.9 percent with Barrow winning 21 of 22 counties in District 12. Stone accumulated 59.9 percent of the vote while fellow candidates Ray McKinney and Ben Crystal received 28.7 and 11.4 percent, respectively.
    “I feel real grateful to the voters all over the district who gave me their support. It looks like we won in every corner of the district and I’m real proud of that,” said Barrow. “This is a victory for those of us who think the big things we agree upon are a whole lot more important than the little things that tend to divide us. I think that what this election was all about.”
    Barrow said tonight is for celebrating but tomorrow he’ll hop a 5 a.m. flight to Washington D.C. and get back to work.
    When asked how she felt about the news, Senator Thomas responded with a laugh, “What news?”
        “You know what, everyone (at the campaign) is good,” said Thomas. “I did a good run, talked about the issues, let the people know what was going on and the people had a choice. I don’t regret a thing.
        “I just thank those who came out to vote – who thought it was important enough to get out and vote.”
        Stone won the Republican primary in Georgia’s District 12 by winning 20 out of 22 counties in the district.
        “I feel very honored and privileged. I also feel happy that we’re able to move forward with a general election campaign,” said Stone. “It’s important we get started tomorrow because we’re in a competitive race this year.”
        Crystal and McKinney commented on their campaigns that fell short.
        “This was my first effort at political and the answer came back from Georgia’s 12th that we are not yet ready – but perhaps someday they will be,” said Crystal. “But I will say this to you – John Stone is a gentleman who ran an above-board campaign and I think he’s a man who will serve Georgia’s 12th very well.
        “It just shows you can win all the debates and still come in third in the voting,” said Crystal.
    “Well, considering I was never was supposed to be this close and considering we ran as grass-roots a campaign as you can get against the Washington establishment, I think our people did pretty good,” said McKinney.
        Phil Boyum may be reached at 912-489-9454.

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