Loudermilk sets his bar high; He’s headed to Washington after one-sided win over Barr
by Sarah Westwood
July 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 3058 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — Once a relatively unknown name outside of his home in Cassville, Barry Loudermilk emerged victorious from Tuesday’s congressional runoff, edging out former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr to fill outgoing U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s seat.

No Democrat filed to run in the district.

The 11th Congressional District encompasses Bartow and Cherokee counties, as well as parts of northern Fulton and Cobb.

As of midnight, with all precincts in every county reporting, Loudermilk had received a total of 34,641 votes or 66 percent compared to Barr’s 17,794 votes or 34 percent.

Loudermilk’s lead was smaller in Cobb County, which he won with 59 percent of the vote to Barr’s 41 percent. Loudermilk took home 13,591 votes in Cobb County, while Barr received 9,314. In total, 22,905 of the 52,435 votes that had been tallied at press time were cast in Cobb County.

Loudermilk said he felt “awesome” after his win, though he added the victory was still sinking in.

“My heart goes out to everybody that went to the polls and elected me to this position,” he said. “It’s people responding to a positive message that there is hope for America we get our nation back on track.”

The newly-elected Republican nominee attributed his victory to a positive message and style of campaigning.

“I think (my) message resonated with people more than the negative attacks we’ve seen,” Loudermilk said.

Barr said he was sure there were weak points in his runoff campaign, but declined to dwell on them Tuesday night.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect campaign, but I’m not focused on that,” Barr said. “I’ve been focused on getting the message out of my understanding of the issues to people of the 11th District.”

Barr and his wife, Jeri, thanked their friends and family for all of their support after conceding late Tuesday evening.

“While tonight did not go the way we had hoped, we remain committed to the conservative movement and the Republican Party and look forward to the future with excitement and optimism,” Barr said. “I congratulate Barry on his election and wish him every success as he prepares to serve our district in Congress.”

Loudermilk and Barr had been locked in a runoff since the two placed first and second, respectively, in the May 20 primary, shutting out four other congressional contenders.

Tricia Pridemore, who resigned her position as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development last year to run for the seat, took third in the primary, trailed by Ed Lindsey, a former state representative from Buckhead, retired Col. Larry Mrozinski and Allan Levene.

Loudermilk touted endorsements from “the proverbial two sides of the Republican Party” during his campaign, which nabbed support from national figures such as Sarah Palin and local leaders such as Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin.

Former Cobb Sheriff Bill Hutson said he threw his support behind Loudermilk after Pridemore failed to advance to the runoff. He said past experiences with Barr prevented him from endorsing the former congressman.

“I think Barry has worked very hard in this election,” Hutson said.

“I think Mr. Loudermilk (was) the best choice, in my judgment. I think he’s better qualified to represent the district.”

Loudermilk’s campaign managed to shake off a series of controversies in the months leading up to Tuesday’s vote, including charges of deception surrounding his military service record.

Loudermilk said he won because voters “saw through” the controversies.

“Every one of the accusations and attacks on me and my family and my colleagues were, in one way or the other, manufactured,” Loudermilk said. “It was that Washington-style character assassination that people are tired of.”

Tuesday’s victor successfully branded his opponent a flip-flopper over the course of the runoff, citing several instances of Barr reversing his positions on the issues.

Loudermilk highlighted Barr’s shift from opposing marijuana legalization to supporting it, his waffling commitment to impeaching President Obama and his refusal to stand by a 2009 letter he penned in support of Attorney General Eric Holder.

The latter charge landed Barr in the hot seat after a campaign mailer publicizing the letter hit mailboxes across the district in May.

Loudermilk promised his leadership in Washington would bring benefits back to Cobb.

He said his team will use the months ahead to plan a transition between his office and Gingrey’s.

“We’ve got issues facing the entire district, but in Cobb County it’s the economic center of this district, and so when Cobb County benefits, the entire district benefits,” Loudermilk said.

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West Cobbite
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July 23, 2014
Congratulations, Mr. Loudermilk. What are your plans to make sure Dobbins ARB is not put on the BRAC list? Please start making the necessary connections now to save Dobbins and thereby keep Lockheed up and running for years to come.
Silas Wegg
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July 23, 2014
Now that the election's over - the perfect time to start asking questions. This from the "thank you sir, may I have another" sheeple in west Cobb.
West Cobbite
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July 23, 2014
@ Silas Wegg

Do you think you know for whom I voted?
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