Days after disclosing that he entered April with a greater cash on hand figure than his Republican rivals, Eugene Yu picked up the endorsement of the party’s 2012 nominee for the 12th congressional district.
In a press release, former state Rep. Lee Anderson said “Eugene has lived the American story most politicians only talk about. He is not only a rock-solid conservative; he’s served his country and community, built a successful business and actually knows what it’s like to pay taxes. I’m proud to support him as our next Republican Congressman.”
Generally speaking, onlookers regarded Anderson as one of the worst candidates of 2012, both in-state and nationally. His refusal to debate incumbent Democratic Rep. John Barrow found its way into TV ads, and he went on to lose by eight percentage points even as Mitt Romney handily carried the district.
That may have been subtly reflected in the Yu press release. The endorsement got second billing to the announcement that the campaign had landed chairs in all of the district’s 19 counties, with Anderson serving as a campaign co-chairman.
On the flip side, however, Anderson solidly placed first in the 2012 primary and emerged from a bruising runoff as the nominee, thanks in part to a base of support from the district’s more rural areas.
Both Yu and Rick Allen hail from the Augusta area, meaning a split vote is likely and therefore necessitating rolling up support from other areas.