Lee Anderson counted his way to victory in the District 12 Republican congressional primary runoff, one vote at a time.
In a room liberally festooned with balloons and his now-ubiquitous yellow tractors, Lee Anderson played the numbers game.
Seated in front of a tablet, with small scraps of paper filled with facts and figures close at hand, Anderson quietly pondered his progress. His fingers followed lines of numbers as statistics were analyzed and discussed. And while handshakes were cordially offered and politely accepted, there were no smiles. Anderson was all business. He was saving the smiles for later.
He was saving his smiles for the moment he announced victory.
Although Anderson did not make himself available to The News-Times for comment, citing time restraints, his political director Scott Knittle confirmed that despite the narrowest margin of difference between the two candidates, Anderson was declaring himself District 12’s Republican nominee for Congress.
“Tonight we’re claiming victory,” Knittle said. “Of course a recount may be a possibility if this in fact is the margin, but tonight we’re declaring victory.”
Although Anderson declared victory, he did have to concede defeat in Columbia County, his home. Rick Allen carried Columbia County with 52.64 percent of the 10567 votes.
“We would have liked to have won it here,” Knittle admitted. “We will during the general election.”
During his victory speech, Anderson reenforced the idea of family. With his wife and children by his side, he declared that it was time for all the candidates in the District 12 race to unite against Democratic incumbent John Barrow.
“Tonight we won a battle and tonight we start a war,” he said. “This is what it is all about. Our families. Our homes. We are giving freedom back to the people of District 12 and we’re sending John Barrow and Obama home.”