But at the end of the night, with 53% of the vote, John Barrow had won a fifth term serving Georgia's 12th District.
"I want to congratulate Lee Anderson for running a hard campaign," Barrow said Tuesday night. "I want to thank the voters all across the district."
Barrow defeated Republican challenger Lee Anderson Tuesday night in what many would consider an upset victory.
The district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census and includes more right-leaning counties.
But Barrow says the voters made their decision based on candidates' records, not their party affiliation.
"So many folks are telling me they usually vote one way on almost all the elections, but in my case they're making an exception," he says. "They've been able to tell from my record and the way I've conducted myself as a Congressman that I look out for what's in the best interests of the people I represent."
With his wife by his side, Anderson emotionally told his supporters Tuesday night he just didn't think the seat was in his future.
"I love you. God bless you, and God bless America," Anderson said to a round of applause.
Anderson refused to debate Barrow during the months leading up to Tuesday's election, a move he says he doesn't regret.
"I want the people to see the person, and get to know the person that they're voting for instead of watching a TV ad that tells lies about the person, "Anderson explained to Fox 54 in his first interview after his concession.
Now, it's Barrow on his way back to Washington, and he says he has a big job to do when he gets there.
"We have a lot of things to address," Barrow said Tuesday. "I will work with folks on both sides of the aisle and all sides of the issue to solve our nation's problems."
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