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Nick Ayers considers a 2018 young-gun run for governor?

As if 2018 couldn’t get more complicated. The following arrived this evening, courtesy of Politico.com:

One of Vice President Mike Pence’s top political advisers, Nick Ayers, is considering running for governor of Georgia next year, according to two people familiar with the matter.


Ayers is 34 but already a veteran Republican strategist who burst onto the political scene a decade ago as the wunderkind executive director of the Republican Governors Association. In 2016, he served as a senior adviser to Pence after Donald Trump tapped him as his running mate, and Ayers served on the executive committee of Trump’s presidential transition team. He has not previously run for office.

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