Mike Pence to make a defensive appearance in Georgia for Donald Trump

On the heels of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll that shows Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton in Georgia, we have word that the Republican ticket's No. 2 is headed to our state at the end of the month.

Trump state director Brandon Phillips said Saturday that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will visit Atlanta on Aug. 29 for a fundraiser, and that the campaign is working on the possibility of a public event. Insider Advantage reported that Nick Ayers, a Cobb County native who is a Pence adviser, is helping to coordinate the visit.

While Trump crisscrosses battleground states - his weekend schedule includes stops in Iowa and New Hampshire - Pence is being dispatched for a different sort of mission. A recent New York Times report said that Trump's narrow path to a November victory means he must win in Pennsylvania (which no Republican has won since 1988), Ohio and Florida while keeping North Carolina in the GOP column.

But it also includes this passage about the Indiana governor’s plans:

Mr. Pence, who is popular on the right, is also expected to play defense for Mr. Trump in a few conservative states, like Georgia and Arizona, where Mrs. Clinton may be competitive. A former radio host, Mr. Pence will be a ubiquitous presence on conservative talk shows, to ensure that the Republican base stays loyal to its unorthodox nominee.

Robin Hayes, the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, said he anticipated that Mr. Pence, an evangelical Christian, would visit the state often to speak about “North Carolina Judeo-Christian values.”

Pence also has close ties to veteran GOP operatives. In addition to Ayers, who had a hand in several big Georgia races involving the Perdue family, he also is close to Kellyanne Conway, a pollster who was a close adviser to Newt Gingrich during his 2012 White House run.

And about that fundraiser. The price of being named a co-host starts at $100,000 per couple. To get in the door will run you $2,700:

More: Read all about the AJC poll's findings here.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.