Georgia Voters Do the Right Thing in State Supreme Court Election

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On Tuesday, Georgia voters went to the polls for primary elections in a slew of statewide and local races. For the most part, the elections were uneventful. Many of the congressional candidates from both parties ran unopposed, and most of the nonpartisan judicial races were simply a matter of choosing the incumbent and moving on.


There were a few notable and interesting stories. Fulton County Democrats chose the chaotic and corrupt status quo in District Attorney Fani Willis, while the hotly contested GOP race in the 3rd District to replace the retiring Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) will go to a runoff. Even some local races made ripples; in my home county, the Republican primary for one county commission seat served as a massive repudiation of the corrupt old boys’ club of the past.

By contrast, the most consequential election in the Peach State, the one in which the stakes were highest, nearly fell under the radar. I wrote about the Supreme Court election that pitted incumbent Justice Andrew Pinson, a fair-minded young jurist, against John Barrow, a slimy former Democrat congressman who pledged to politicize the court if voters elected him to a spot on it. Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) appointed Pinson and actively campaigned for his reelection.

Other than my piece, the only coverage of the race I could find was puff pieces in the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that highlighted how Barrow planned to push for radical pro-abortion policies on the Georgia Supreme Court. The AP’s Jeff Amy touted a potential Barrow win as a victory for abortion rights when he wrote, “Barrow said he believes Georgians have a state constitutional right to abortion and that voters would boost their chances of restoring broader access to abortion by doing something they’ve never done before: defeating an incumbent state justice.”


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Barrow made abortion such a centerpiece of his campaign that his signs read “Vote for Choice.” When the state Judicial Qualifications Commission sent him a letter instructing him that campaigning in such a partisan fashion violated ethics rules, Barrow sued so that he could keep hawking radically unrestricted abortion. A judge rejected his suit.

Thankfully, Georgia voters did the right thing and reelected Pinson. The outcome was close in some counties, but overall, Pinson won by eight points.


Erick Erickson wrote on Wednesday morning that Barrow “got curb stomped by a novice candidate with no war chest or major name ID. Had John Barrow won, this would be major national news. It would have been heralded as another win for abortion rights in America. Instead, it is a signal that abortion is not going to be the issue in Georgia in November that it has been in other states.”

“That’s the big story and because of how it went, you won’t hear much about it,” he added.

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