Vice President Mike Pence, right, spent a moment talking with WWII Navy veteran Alan Hall, from Canton, and his wife, Buena at Dobbins Air Reserve Base after speaking there in June 2017. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Pence to headline rally for Kemp on Saturday

The VP will campaign in Macon

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor in Macon on Saturday, giving the Republican another boost ahead of next week’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the plans. Pence’s office later confirmed the report. 

The plans developed a day after President Donald Trump offered a surprise endorsement for the candidate, who faces Cagle in Tuesday’s vote. The winner faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted his "full and total endorsement" for Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the state's Republican race for governor.

The middle Georgia area surrounding Macon has been targeted by the Kemp campaign as a key pickup opportunity in the lead-up to next week’s runoff. Cagle carried Bibb County in May’s primary with 35 percent of the vote, compared to Kemp’s 26 percent. 

The vice president has become a frequent presence in Georgia, stumping for Trump during the 2016 campaign and Karen Handel’s bid for the 6th Congressional District. He also recently quarterbacked an event touting the GOP tax bill and visited Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Pence also has another connection to Georgia. His top aide, Nick Ayers, is a Georgia native who was an adviser to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his first-cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue. 

More recent AJC coverage of the Georgia governor’s race:

Trump endorses Brian Kemp in Georgia GOP gov race

Behind Donald Trump’s endorsement of Brian Kemp

Cagle’s final runoff ad is brutal attack on Kemp

Georgia GOP governor’s race: What you need to know 

A pledge to fight poverty riles up the Georgia governor’s race 

An endorsement highlights slight GOP shift on medical marijuana 

Kemp’s closing ad asks: Are you ‘ready for a politically incorrect conservative’ 

Deal endorses Cagle in Georgia gov race 

Georgia gov candidates spar over Russian hacking probe 

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About the Author

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