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Georgia surrogates hit the road for Trump and Clinton

Some of the top Georgia supporters for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are hitting the road in the final week of the election to stump for their candidates in battleground states.

State Sen. Michael Williams, the first elected state official in Georgia to endorse Trump, is in Utah this week battling for Trump in a razor-tight election. Evan McMullin's third-party bid has made the race in that reliably-conservative state a virtual tossup.

Rep. Tom Price, a Roswell Republican, wielded the Affordable Care Act's rising healthcare premiums at a Pennsylvania rally on Tuesday. "This is why we need Donald Trump and Mike Pence to work with us and make sure we put in place a real health solution," he told a cheering audience.

And Rep. John Lewis, the Atlanta Democrat, said over the weekend he's headed to Philadelphia and North Carolina in the race's closing days. A Clinton victory in either state considerably narrows Trump's path to victory.

Both campaigns have had a string of surrogates stream to Georgia in recent days, including a Newt Gingrich visit on Saturday and an appearance by the rapper 2 Chainz boosting Clinton on Sunday. Polls show a close race in Georgia, where Trump has eked out a consistent, if tight, lead.

Meanwhile, Williams, a Cumming Republican likely to run for higher office, finds himself in a bit of a firestorm in Utah.

From the AP:

SALT LAKE CITY — An independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin criticized Republican Donald Trump on Monday over an automated call in Utah from a white nationalist supporter who calls McMullin a "closet homosexual" and "open-borders amnesty supporter."


McMullin responded with a series of strongly worded tweets — calling it another "desperate attack" spreading "baseless lies" by Trump and his "racist supporters as he continues to lose ground in Utah." He said the attack is consistent with Trump's "bigoted, deceitful campaign and vision for America. Utahns won't be fooled."


White nationalist William Johnson said the call will go out Monday night through Wednesday to 193,000 voters in Utah, where polls show McMullin is threatening Trump amid widespread backlash against the brash billionaire among the mostly Mormon electorate.





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