Scott Walker puts Doug Collins at the top of his Georgia campaign

Georgia is being quickly picked apart. With the RedState Gathering looming and other candidates weighing in, the presidential campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced this evening that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of north Georgia will serve as the state chairman for Walker’s presidential campaign. Walker, from the press release:

"We believe Georgia's March primary will prove to be a critical contest on the path to the Republican nomination, and we intend to campaign hard in the state. We appreciate Congressman Collins' gracious support and look forward to working alongside him as we share our message of fighting and winning with the people of Georgia and America."

"Gov. Walker represents the best of America," said Collins. "He is a man who lives the values of faith and hard work that make this country great. He has not only fought for conservative values, but he has actually won. That is why I am proud to announce my support for Gov. Walker.”

Earlier today, Ted Cruze put U.S. Rep. Jody Hice and state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens at the top of his Georgia campaign. On Wednesday, Jeb Bush announced endorsements from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens.

Walker is set to speak at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to the RedState Gathering in Buckhead – the last candidate before poll-leading billionaire Donald Trump at an after-party.

The decision puts Collins slightly at odds with one of his benefactors. State House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, is supporting Chris Christie of New Jersey.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.