Pence is campaigning on the eve of the Georgia primary with Governor Kemp, who faces a Trump-backed challenge


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As he works to fend off a primary challenge to the Republican Party from former Trump-backed Senator David Perdue, the conservative Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will get some last-minute help from a high-ranking replacement.

Former Vice President Mike Pence Kemp will be joining the campaign trail on the eve of the Georgia primary on May 24, and Kemp’s campaign will be announced on Friday. Word of Pence’s trip to Beach to work with the governor was first shared on Friday morning with Fox News and two other news organizations.

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Pence, the former governor of Indiana before serving as vice president under the former president Donald Trumphas been touring the country for the past 15 months, helping to support and raise funds for the colleague Republicans In operation in 2021 and 2022 elections. Members of the former vice president’s political team have been helping Kemp’s re-election team in recent months, and Pence’s top aide and adviser Mark Short joined a week and a half ago as a senior adviser to the governor’s campaign.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp collaborate on the campaign trail in Dalton, Georgia in November 2018.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp collaborate on the campaign trail in Dalton, Georgia in November 2018.
(Brian Kemp’s re-election campaign)

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

The former Vice President also confirmed, “Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to the faith, family and people of Georgia. I am proud to give my full support for another four years to Brian Kemp as Governor of the great state of Georgia!”

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The Governor Governor He praised Pence, stressing that “the vice president’s leadership has been instrumental in creating the most prosperous economy in American history, including here in Georgia, and that his commitment to building a stronger and safer America represents the highest ideals of our party.”

Four years ago, with Trump’s support, Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams to win the governorship. But Kemp angered Trump as of late 2020, after the governor confirmed President Biden narrowly won Georgia’s presidential election after multiple vote recounts. Trump, who had unsuccessfully urged the governor and other top Republican officials in the state to rescind the results, has now returned to Georgia twice to campaign against Kemp.

Former President Donald Trump shakes hands with former Senator David Perdue, who is initially challenging Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia, at the former president's rally in Cumming, Georgia on March 26, 2022

Former President Donald Trump shakes hands with former Senator David Perdue, who is initially challenging Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia, at the former president’s rally in Cumming, Georgia on March 26, 2022
(David Purdue campaign)

Trump for months urged Purdue to defy the governor, and late last year Purdue endorsed Purdue a day after the former senator fired his bid. Purdue announced his candidacy just days after Abrams, a champion of electoral reform and a rising star in the Democratic Party, launched her second straight bid for governor. Trump held a rally with Purdue in Georgia a month and a half ago.

But regardless of Trump’s endorsement and support, with less than two weeks to go until the Georgia primary, Kemp has a significant lead over Purdue in two key campaign metrics — public opinion polling and fundraising.

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The governor is getting a lot of prestige in the final days of his primary campaign. Kemp, who has the support of the Republican Governors Association, will be joined in the coming days on the campaign trail by RGA co-chairs of governments. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska. Fox News was first to report Thursday that former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the former RGA chief, will join Kemp in his campaign stop in Canton and Alpharetta, Georgia, next Tuesday, May 17.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp takes a selfie with his supporters, during the election campaign in Blakely, Georgia on April 20, 2022

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp takes a selfie with his supporters, during the election campaign in Blakely, Georgia on April 20, 2022

To some extent, Georgia’s Republican primaries appear to be turning into a proxy war for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

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Trump, who remains the GOP’s most popular and influential politician as he continues to play a kingmaker in the 2022 GOP primaries, has repeatedly triggered another White House run in 2024. Meanwhile, Pence is taking all necessary steps ahead of the election Republican primary. A possible presidential run.

Christie, who was unsuccessful in the 2016 Republican nomination, has publicly discussed his interest in running another presidential bid in 2024.

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