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Mike Pence to hold two rallies in Georgia on Monday


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will hold two public events in Georgia on Monday, sandwiched around a high-dollar fundraiser aimed at boosting support for Donald Trump in the Peach State.

Trump's running mate will headline a 2 p.m. rally at the National Fairgrounds in Perry followed by a 7:30 p.m. event at the Cobb Galleria Center. He will also hold a town hall meeting Tuesday in Dalton at 3 p.m. You can find the details here.

In between, he will hold a fundraiser in metro Atlanta that's expected to draw most of Georgia's GOP establishment. The high-dollar fundraiser costs $2,700 to attend the reception (though general admission tickets were available at $250 a pop), $25,000 to be named a host and $100,000 to co-chair the event.

Several “co-chairs” are listed on the invite, including Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, by far Georgia’s biggest political contributor this cycle, and state Sen. Burt Jones and his father Bill, a petroleum kingpin.

The Republican nominee has swelled his campaign coffers thanks to a surge of small-dollar donors. But recently-released campaign data through June showed that nine out of 10 of Georgia’s biggest GOP donors had not given money to Trump or the super PACs boosting his campaign.

The Indiana governor is looking to shore up support for Trump in a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat in the presidential contest since 1992. But an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll this month showed he has some work to do introducing himself to Georgia conservatives.

Nearly three in four Georgia Republicans gave Trump a positive rating, but Pence's numbers among the party faithful were lower. He netted a 56 percent approval rating among Republicans (another third ducked the question) and a 37 percent rating with independents, a typically conservative bunch.

Read more about Trump’s success with small-dollar donors – and struggles with the big fish – by clicking here.

 


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