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Vulnerable Blue Dog Barrow Voting Obama

Blue Dog Democrat Rep. John Barrow of Georgia may not be attending next week's Democratic National Convention, but come November, he will be voting for President Barack Obama.

Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo confirmed to Savannah Morning News that his boss would "vote for the top of the ticket," while refraining from mentioning the "O" word:

Carbo cited an independent compilation showing his boss voted with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., 54 percent of the time.

"After ... being one of the most independent members of Congress," Carbo said, "he's made it clear that he won't be a rubber stamp for this or any other president.

Barrow has voted with Republicans on a number of partisan issues, such as this summer's vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress as part of the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme.

Blue Dog Dems' ranks have been thinned out this year, and Barrow has been targeted by the GOP as he faces a re-election fight in a redrawn district that is more heavily Republican than before. Barrow's plan to vote Obama has already been seized upon by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which released an ad this week linking Barrow to Obama.

For his part, Barrow released his first TV ad last week clarifying his support (or lack thereof) of Obama: "When the president is right for Georgia, I support him. When he's not, I don't. It's that simple."

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