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Mike Pence to headline rally for Brian Kemp
Vice president to appear with Kemp in Macon on Saturday
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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Republican primary candidate for governor approaches the podium to address supporters during an election night results party Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Athens, Ga. - photo by Associated Press

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Brian Kemp on Saturday in Macon.

News of the rally comes after President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state, in the runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

The Kemp campaign confirmed the appearance late in the day on Thursday, July 19. Pence and Kemp will appear in Macon on Saturday, adding to the collection of high-profile endorsements that have come Kemp’s way late in the Republican contest.

Momentum is building behind Kemp’s campaign in the final days of the runoff, which is set for July 24. In addition to Trump’s critical endorsement, Kemp landed an endorsement Thursday morning from Newt Gingrich, a former Georgia lawmaker and seaker of the U.S. House.

A poll from Fox 5/Opinion Savvy released Thursday showed Kemp with a double-digit lead over Cagle.

Kemp leads Cagle 55 percent to 37 percent with 8 percent of voters undecided, according to the poll, which was performed after the Trump endorsement dropped Wednesday.

On Twitter, Cagle’s campaign tried to make the Trump endorsement about the Washington establishment.

“President Trump is doing a great job on national issues, and I’m going to campaign hard to keep him there in two years,” Cagle tweeted. “I’m proud of what he’s doing for America. But, I think our President is getting some bad advice on Brian Kemp’s record of failure from Washington insiders.”

He went on to say Georgia voters face a “hard question: Do we want a Governor who answers to Georgians, or one who owes his entire election to Washington?”

Cagle also said Kemp can’t beat Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.

Kemp’s last-minute surge in the race mirrors his performance leading up to the May 22 primary, when the secretary of state dropped a series of controversial television ads that earned him airtime on Fox News and other national outlets — boosting his profile among the three other candidates.

Kemp told The Times in a mid-June interview that the campaign’s strategy was to hold onto much of its fundraising until the final few weeks of the primary, when it flooded television markets with advertising.

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