Shafer, who is now Senate president pro tem, would replace Casey Cagle, who is running for governor. From Cruz’ Facebook page:
Cruz finished third in last year’s Republican presidential primary, behind Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. But Cruz has much sway among Christian conservatives in Georgia.
Moreover, the Texas senator’s reputation as an insurgent within party ranks good prove helpful to Shafer. The Duluth Republican is a 15-year veteran of the Senate – and might need future protection from “insider” accusations.
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