Former Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on the eve of his May 24 primary against Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue.
Why it matters: Pence’s decision to back one of former President Trump’s most prominent GOP targets puts the fractures inside the Republican Party, and between Trump and his former vice president, on stark display.
– The Georgia governor’s race is one of the nation’s most high-profile contested Republican primaries.
What he’s saying: “Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America,” Pence wrote in a statement, calling Kemp a friend. “I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia!”
Catch up quick: The news comes after Axios first reported that Pence’s former chief of staff Marc Short had joined Kemp’s campaign as a senior adviser.
The big picture: Kemp has also lined up campaign support from fellow Trump targets including Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
– Former President George W. Bush is headlining a fundraiser for Kemp in Dallas on Monday.
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