Former Vice President Mike Pence will join incumbent Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp on the campaign trail ahead of the state’s May 24 primary.

Pence, formerly the governor of Indiana, has been making campaign stops around the country for the better part of a year-and-a-half on behalf of Republican candidates. 

In recent months, several members of the former vice president’s staff have hopped aboard the Kemp campaign, including most recently top Pence adviser Marc Short.

In a statement, Pence said, “Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America. He built a safer and stronger Georgia by cutting taxes, empowering parents and investing in teachers, funding law enforcement, and standing strong for the right to life.”

The former VP added, “Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia. I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia!”

In response, Kemp said that Pence’s “leadership was instrumental in creating the most prosperous economy in American history, including here in Georgia, and his commitment to building a safer, stronger America represents the highest ideals of our party.”

Kemp is currently enjoying a double-digit lead over Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue. Kemp’s relationship with former President Trump turned bitter following the 2020 presidential election, which Trump encouraged Kemp not to certify in his state. 

In 2018, Kemp defeated Stacey Abrams with the help of Trump. This time, Kemp will likely face off against Abrams, who has spent the last four years building a voting rights apparatus in the state of Georgia and beyond that will make her a formidable rival in the fall.

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