Cagle 2Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has reportedly commissioned a survey to gauge his viability in the Republican primary contest to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a popular conservative radio talker said Tuesday.

North Georgia radio host Martha Zoller said this morning that Cagle, who recently reasserted political and legislative authority in the state Senate, “has put some polls in the field” to test the waters.

The field has wildly fluctuated in the days since Chambliss announced he would forgo reelection to a third term, each day a new name entering the nomination mix just as another is withdrawn. Frontrunners, in as much as an in utero contest may bear, include Reps. Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland.

But senior party officials with whom Tipsheet spoke Tuesday confirmed the lieutenant governor is seriously considering a bid.

Cagle would enter the race with statewide recognition, an asset no other potential candidate claims, and those within his orbit believe he would necessarily assume one of two run-off slots.

– James Richardson