Pence to campaign on eve of Georgia primary with Gov. Kemp, who’s facing a Trump-backed challenge

Former Vice President Mike Pence will join Kemp on the campaign trail on the eve of Georgia’s May 24 primario, the Kemp campaign will announce on Friday. Word of Pence’s trip to the Peach State to team up with the governor was shared first on Friday morning with Fox News and two other news organizations.

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Pence, a former Indiana governor before serving as vice president under former President Donald Trump, has been crisscrossing the country the past 15 mesi, helping to support and raise money for fellow Repubblicani running in the 2021 e 2022 elezioni. Members of the former vice president’s political team have been assisting the Kemp re-election team in recent months and top Pence aide and adviser Marc Short came on board a week and a half ago as a senior adviser to the governor’s campaign.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp team up on the campaign trail in Dalton, Georgia, a novembre 2018.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp team up on the campaign trail in Dalton, Georgia, a novembre 2018. (Brian Kemp re-election campaign)

Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America,” Pence said in a statement. “He built a safer and stronger Georgia by cutting taxes, empowering parents and investing in teachers, funding law enforcement, and standing strong for the right to life.

The former vice president also emphasized thatBrian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia. I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia!”

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Il governatore praised Pence, highlighting thatthe Vice President’s leadership was instrumental in creating the most prosperous economy in American history, including here in Georgia, and his commitment to building a safer, stronger America represents the highest ideals of our party.

Quattro anni fa, with the support of Trump, Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams to win the governorship. But Kemp earned Trump’s ire starting in late 2020, after the governor certified President Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia in the presidential election following multiple recounts of the vote. briscola, who had unsuccessfully urged the governor and other top Republican officials in the state to overturn the results, has now returned to Georgia twice to campaign against Kemp.

Donald Trump shakes hands with former Sen. David Perdue at the former president's rally in Cumming, Georgia, a marzo 26, 2022.

Donald Trump shakes hands with former Sen. David Perdue at the former president’s rally in Cumming, Georgia, a marzo 26, 2022. (David Perdue campaign)

Trump for months urged Perdue to challenge the governor, and late last year he endorsed Perdue a day after the former senator launched his bid. Perdue declared his candidacy a few days after Abrams, an election reform champion and rising star in the Democratic Party, launched her second straight bid for governor. Trump held a rally with Perdue in Georgia a month and a half ago.

But regardless of Trump’s endorsement and support, with less than two weeks to go until Georgia’s primary, Kemp enjoys large leads over Perdue in two key campaign metrics – public opinion polling and fundraising.

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The governor’s getting plenty of high-profile company in the closing days of his primary campaign. Kemp, who enjoys the backing of the Republican Governors Association, will be joined in the coming days on the campaign trail by RGA co-chairs Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska. And Fox News was first to report on Thursday that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a past RGA chair, will join Kemp for campaign stops in Canton and Alpharetta, Georgia, next Tuesday, Maggio 17.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes a selfie with supporters, on the campaign trail in Blakely, Georgia, in aprile 20, 2022.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes a selfie with supporters, on the campaign trail in Blakely, Georgia, in aprile 20, 2022.

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