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October 6--  The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer reports an Augusta businessman is seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Congressman John Barrow in the 12th Congressional District Race in 2012.

"An Augusta businessman says he's joining the field of Republican candidates seeking to challenge Democratic Rep. John Barrow next year in Georgia's 12th Congressional District.

Rick Allen, founder and CEO of the construction company R.W. Allen and Associates, announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 60-year-old businessman is a political newcomer who's seeking office for the first time.

Barrow, who has served four terms in the 12th District, is expected to face stiff Republican opposition in 2012 after state lawmakers recently redrew his district to carve out the congressman's home city of Savannah. The district now includes Augusta and a wide swath of rural eastern Georgia.

GOP state Rep. Lee Anderson of a Grovetown is already running. Other Republicans considering the race include state Rep. Ben Harbin of Evans."