Gov. Nathan Deal will visit Macon Tuesday to support Sen. Cecil Staton, who faces a Republican primary challenger.
Staton's campaign says the two are expected to appear together starting at noon at Mercer University's University Center.
The governor's spokesman, Brian Robinson, confirmed that.
Staton, a Macon Republican, faces a challenge in the July 31 party primary from Spencer Price, a Thomaston doctor.
Robinson said Deal is appearing here because Staton is a good senator who's helped pass the governor's agenda.
He said it's not unusual for the governor to take sides on behalf of a Republican incumbent facing a primary challenge: "Not when he's done a good job and been a team player."
Robinson said, "We're happy to show our support for Senator Staton and wish him the best in the primary."
But Staton's current term has been controversial.