Sen. Steve Gooch may soon announce a run for Lt. Governor

State Senator Steve Gooch (R- Dahlonega) may be the latest Republican to have caught 2018 fever. According to sources close to the GOP leader, he may soon mount a campaign for Lieutenant Governor. 

While Sen. Gooch hasn't made a firm decision, he is said to be giving the office "serious consideration," and will spend time testing fundraising support at a political event over the weekend. 

Representing an area in the heart of Congressmen Tom Graves and Doug Collins' districts, Sen. Gooch has been a strong advocate for issues confronting rural communities. As the Majority Whip, he's also gained recognition for being able to unify the Senate Republican Caucus around matters that typically divide urban and rural lawmakers. 

One Gold Dome insider told zpolitics that, if Gooch runs for the state's number 2 office, he could enter the field with prominent backers. 

"He's got strong support from the Capitol and the Chamber crowds," the GOP strategist said, adding that he has a base of voters in Northeast Georgia "that's unmatched compared to current candidates." 

State Rep. Geoff Duncan (R- Cumming) is the only candidate to announce for the Lt. Governor's race, though recent reports have indicated that Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer may announce a bid for the office.