REP. BOB BARR DEFEATED IN GEORGIA PRIMARY

High-Profile Critic of Bill Clinton and Ogilvy & Mather

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- Georgia Republican Bob Barr, a congressional nemesis of both Bill Clinton and WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather, has been defeated in the Georgia GOP
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primary by Rep. John Linder.

According to the Associated Press, with 95% of precincts reporting, Rep. Linder had 52,229 votes, or 66%, to Rep. Barr's 26,735, or 34%.

Redistricting fight
The two incumbents -- Rep. Barr is in is fourth term and Rep. Linder in his sixth -- ended up in a fight after redistricting put the two in the same district. Rep. Barr chose not to move to the part of his old district that had been put in another more Democratic district.

While Rep. Barr is best known nationally as one of the managers of House impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton, he has also been a vociferous critic of Ogilvy's handling of the White House drug office account.

Accused agency of fraud
While Ogilvy settled charges that it overbilled the government by agreeing to pay $1.8 million, Rep. Barr had several times accused the company of "fraud."

A federal criminal probe of Ogilvy's drug office account activities is still underway.

Rep. Barr was also sponsor of an amendment to a House appropriations bill for the White House drug office that would bar payments to Ogilvy after Oct. 1.

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