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Pence plans June visit to stump for Handel in Georgia's 6th runoff

Vice President Mike Pence has plans to stump for Karen Handel's campaign for Georgia's 6th District on June 9, which would make him the latest high-profile Republican to trek to suburban Atlanta in the nationally watched race.

The details for Pence's visit have yet to be finalized, according to people with knowledge of the plans, though it would come as little surprise. Handel has said she is an "all hands on deck" mode ahead of her June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Handel has already landed visits from President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to help her campaign, which has raised more than $2 million since her second-place finish in the April 18 vote. Over the weekend, U.S. Reps. Will Hurd and Brian Mast also stumped with Handel.



Handel's supporters have put Pence at the top of her wishlist as she tries to consolidate Republican support after infighting between the 11 GOP candidates in the first round of the vote. Ossoff, meanwhile, has said he's not concerned with the parade of big-name surrogates backing his opponent.

Republicans consider the race for the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, a must-win scenario. But Ossoff's fundraising success and near-miss in last month's election has rattled conservatives.

Read more AJC coverage of the 6th District race:

Georgia 6th: Handel, Ossoff sharpen foreign policy stance

Democrats hope to leverage ‘Ossoff effect’ in other Georgia races

Ossoff slams Handel’s ‘nonsense’ Planned Parenthood stance

Ossoff on Trump impeachment: ‘I don’t think we’re there’

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