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Shafer suspends Lt. Gov. campaign
Duluth-based Senator to seek re-election instead

LAWRENCEVILLE - State Sen. David Shafer suspended his campaign for lieutenant governor Monday, a week after incumbent Casey Cagle underwent back surgery.

Shafer, who entered the race Cagle was campaigning in the 2010 gubernatorial election, said he would instead seek re-election in his Duluth-based Senate seat.

Cagle dropped out of the governor's race last month to battle a degenerative back and nerve ailment, causing fellow Republican Shafer to reconsider.

"I would not have entered the race had it not been an open seat, and there is no point in remaining in it as long as the lieutenant governor is well enough to be a candidate for re-election," Shafer said in a statement. "Public service is, by definition, about serving others, not the positions or titles that we want for ourselves."

Last week, Sen. Eric Johnson, another Republican who had begun the race for lieutenant governor, entered the governor's race.

Shafer said he was glad to hear of Cagle's successful surgery last week. Calling the lieutenant governor a friend, he wished the Gainesville man a full recovery and was optimistic about his re-election.

"I will always be grateful to those who have so generously supported my candidacy," Shafer said. "I am especially proud of the endorsements from my colleagues in the Georgia General Assembly and our strong showing in the various Republican straw polls."

Matt Reeves, an attorney who was seeking the District 48 Senate seat, agreed to serve on Shafer's re-election campaign.