Former State Senator Regina Thomas has recently filed an affidavit with the Savannah Morning News in an effort to run as an official write-in candidate against incumbent Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and Republican challenger Ray McKinney in the November 2nd general election.
Despite Barrow’s victory on July 20th that awarded him the Democratic nomination with 59% of the vote, Thomas had won the city of Savannah and Chatham County decisively.
The veteran state legislator has received a lot of support to continue fighting for people who supported her, so she has attempted to get on the ballot as a write-in candidate for the fall election.
A write-in candidate is someone whose name does not appear on the official ballot, but for whom voters may vote by writing in the person’s name.
Write-in candidates usually have a difficult time winning, but write-in candidates have won elections. So it can be done.
For Regina Thomas, she is hoping to be the latest to pull off this remarkable feat.
Two recent examples of successful write-in campaign involved Democratic candidates.
Democrat Dave Loebsack became an official candidate of the 2006 Democratic primary in Iowa’s second congressional district as a write-in candidate. The Iowa Democrat won the primary and in the general election he defeated long-term incumbent Jim Leach by a 51% to 49% margin.
Another example is Charlie Wilson, who won a Democratic primary as a write-in candidate for Ohio’s 6th Congressional District on May 2, 2006 against two Democratic candidates whose names were on the ballot. Wilson defeated Republican Chuck Blasdel in the general election on November 7, 2006 with 61% of the popular vote.
The 12th Congressional District was created after the 2000 Census and the cities that are included in the district are Savannah, Augusta, Statesboro, Vidalia, Wrightsville and Sandersville.
Thomas says that constituents in the 12th Congressional District encouraged her to run one more time against Blue Dog Democrat John Barrow along with Republican challenger Ray McKinney.
Thomas has been critical of Barrow’s tendency to vote with Republicans on big issues such as health care reform.
In 2008, then-candidate Obama endorsed Barrow, but when Obama needed Barrow’s support on landmark legislation, the Blue Dog Democrat submitted to conservative, Tea Party pressure and voted against the bill and in essence the 12th congressional district who voted for Obama with 53% of the vote.”He’s voted with the Republicans,” Thomas said in an earlier interview with the Savannah Morning News. “… It’s okay to be a Republican, but don’t lie to the people.”