John Barrow at 2010 campaign event
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Republicans say they're prepared to spend big bucks on TV ads targeting Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Augusta as he seeks re-election to Congress.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it has reserved $900,000 worth of time for television ads in east Georgia's 12th District. Barrow's seat was redrawn last year to remove Savannah -- a big part of the congressman's Democratic base. Republicans now see him as one of the most vunlerable Democrats in Congress.
The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/L4co7D ) Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo says the GOP strategy is the sort of "hyper-partisanship" that independent voters in the 12th District reject.
Four Republican candidates are competing in the July 31 primary for a chance to challenge Barrow for his seat.
The new 12th Congressional District includes Laurens, Wheeler, Telfair and Treutlen counties.