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Trump to headline healthcare summit in Atlanta next week

President Donald Trump will headline a summit targeting prescription drug abuse next week in Atlanta that’s set to include more than 3,000 participants. 

Trump will address the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on April 24 at 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, said Kelly McCurdy, the event’s spokeswoman. It’s unclear if he will hold a rally or make any other public appearances while he’s in Georgia.

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This will be the president’s first visit to Georgia in 2019. He made several stops in 2018, including a rally for Gov. Brian Kemp in Macon and a tour of damage from Hurricane Michael. He also attended the college football title game in Atlanta. 

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The visit comes as a string of Democratic presidential hopefuls visit the state. A half-dozen contenders have already held rallies or events here, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is set to visit Atlanta on Wednesday.

Trump carried the state by 5 percentage points in 2016, but Democrats hope to turn Georgia into a battleground state, buoyed by the narrow defeats of Stacey Abrams and other statewide candidates last year. 

It could also give Kemp and other Georgia officials a chance to press Trump on the state’s top priorities, including securing funding for victims of the October hurricane and getting federal approval for a “waiver” that could expand healthcare access. 

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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.