Lee Anderson won the most votes in the Georgia Primary for the 12th Congressional District. He's headed to a runoff on Aug. 21. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 1, 2012)
News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- The votes are in, and Congressional District 12 is one step closer to choosing the Republican who will try to unseat John Barrow in November.
Lee Anderson says he's hitting the ground running for the runoff race against Rick Allen.
Anderson has three weeks to prepare for a runoff race, but he is feeling cautiously optimistic.
"We won't let up until we beat John Barrow, Obama and send both of them home, and until we balance the budget," he told News 12's Laura Warren.
Anderson's camp watched the results from their Columbia County headquarters on Tuesday night.
Anderson led the polls all night and says he's feeling pretty good about the win.
"We're feeling great, we're excited, we're ready for the runoff," he said.
The farmer and state lawmaker from Grovetown won a large margin of the rural counties, something that did not surprise him, saying, "I am what those rural counties are: I farm for a living."
But, agriculture aside, did the number of Republican voters who switched sides in Richmond County affect the outcome of this race?
"You know, the people in Richmond County had to do what they had to do and that's that's the great thing about this great country we live in, they have the freedom to choose the way they want to vote," Anderson said.
And, even though it's difficult to say if the big switch helped Anderson in the primary, like any good farmer, he isn't "counting his chickens before they hatch." He's hitting the ground running, preparing just as hard for the runoff.
"We're already on the phones today calling supporters and calling people to make sure they go back to the polls in three weeks," he said.
Part of their runoff strategy is to reach out to new supporters.
"We'll be getting in touch with people that's supported other candidates, we'll also be getting in touch with people that didn't vote at all in the primary to ask them to go vote," he said.
The runoff will be Aug. 21, and Anderson says he fully plans to make it to the November election.