Former GA NAACP President Possibly Running for Congress in #GA12

The 2018 election season in Georgia is setting itself up to be a busy hive of political activity. The makeup of the participants under the Gold Dome, especially in the Senate, looks to be much different when the session begins in 2019 as several current officeholders are seeking “higher” offices.

The turnover is not just happening under the Gold Dome, though, as Francys Johnson stepped down as President of the Georgia NAACP on Saturday. Rev. Dr. Johnson is rumored to be a candidate for Congress against Rep. Rick Allen (R, GA-12), though Johnson has not publicly confirmed his intention to run. According to the AJC, the rules of the NAACP require that officers step down in order to be a candidate for public office.

The AJC quoted Johnson: “Our nation is in crisis. This moment calls for every head, heart and hand to engage the work of ensuring that all the promises of our democracy are fulfilled. The upcoming election in 16 months carries consequences unlike any other midterm in our lifetime. This election will either reinforce and sustain the path we’re on — or change it. I promise no one will work harder to turn this momentum for change into a reality.”

If Rev. Johnson does announce a run, he will likely have an uphill battle against a Republican incumbent who has comfortably won the last two elections, as you can see below.

Rep. Rick Allen (R) – 159,492 (61.6%)
Patricia McCracken (D) – 99,420 (38.40%)

Rick Allen (R) – 91,336 (54.75%)
Rep. John Barrow (D) – 75,478 (45.25%)

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Running as a Democrat where Trump won 17 out of 19 counties and led Clinton by 16 points? In a district that includes most of heavily Republican Columbia County (which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since, uh, 1976)? Uh, under those circumstances, the question is more likely Allen’s margin next year, not whether he wins.