The caucus chose Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, to replace Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, as majority leader of the Senate. Cowsert is the brother-in-law of Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee who has declared victory in the Nov. 6 governor’s election. Kemp’s opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, is contesting the issue in court.
Many members of the Senate Republican caucus backed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for the GOP gubernatorial nomination and some were offended by hard-hitting comments made by the Kemp team during the heated summer runoff campaign. Kemp easily beat Cagle after President Donald Trump came out in support of him.