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Georgia 2018: Jeffares gets some backup in race for LG

U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson endorsed state Sen. Rick Jeffares' campaign for lieutenant governor on Thursday - and backed his support up with a $5,000 contribution.

The West Point Republican, whose district includes much of Jeffares state Senate territory, said he was drawn to Jeffares in part because he's "as frustrated with state government as I am with Washington and he has great ideas for making it better.”

“Rick is by far the best choice to be Georgia’s lieutenant governor,” Ferguson said. “He’s smart, works hard and has a vision for making government smaller and more relevant to our communities."

Jeffares joined a crowded field to replace Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in May that also includes state Senate Pro Tem David Shafer and state Rep. Geoff Duncan. State Sen. Steve Gooch is also exploring a run.

On the Democratic side, former state Rep. Ronnie Mabra and former state Sen. Doug Stoner are considering bids.


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.