Georgia 12: Barrow Declines Senate Run, But House Democrats Rejoice

May 7, 2013 · 10:00 PM EDT

Rep. John Barrow (D) announced on Tuesday that he would not run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia and he will likely seek re-election to his House seat. His decision dramatically improved Democratic chances of holding the 12th District, which leans Republican, by the numbers. Without him, it would have been almost a sure Republican takeover. With him, Democrats have a decent chance of holding it once again, particularly if Republicans fail to nominate a good candidate. We’re moving the race from Toss-Up/Tilt Democrat to Lean Democrat.