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Chamber to Formally Back John Barrow on Friday

Barrow lost re-election last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Barrow lost re-election last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Rep. John Barrow will be get the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at an event in his district Friday, a chamber official told CQ Roll Call and Barrow’s campaign confirmed.  

Barrow is the fourth Democrat this cycle to receive the backing of the chamber, a pro-business group that spends millions in federal elections usually in support of Republicans. The others include Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., a top GOP target who was endorsed Wednesday , along with Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas and Jim Costa of California.  

Barrow is being challenged by construction company owner Rick Allen, who won a crowded and competitive GOP primary in May. Mitt Romney carried Georgia’s 12th District in 2012 by 12 points, but Barrow again survived thanks in part to his political savvy and moderate record . The chamber endorsed Barrow last cycle as well and spent money to boost his candidacy.

Georgia’s 12th District is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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