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August 30--  Reports in Atlanta say the man who helped 12th District Congressman John Barrow get re-elected in 2010 has been tapped by President Obama to help him in the South in 2012.

Tharon Johnson will be Obama's southern regional director.  He's an Athens native and graduate of Clark Atlanta University.  

He helped Atlanta Mayor Kassim Reed get elected and has also assisted Congressman John Lewis and former state Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond with campaigns.

Republicans being discussed as possible primary election opponents for the 12th Congressional District include state Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons and state Representative Lee Anderson of Columbia County.