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The Georgian who is Mike Pence's top adviser

A familiar Georgia face is the right-hand man to Donald Trump's running mate.

The presumptive Republican nominee's campaign said late Saturday that campaign wunderkind and Cobb County native Nick Ayers would serve as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's senior adviser.

Ayers had a hand in several big Georgia races involving the Perdue family. (His wife is Sonny’s second cousin.) He helped Sonny with his gubernatorial victories and also aided boost the Senate bid of David as an adviser to the PAC Citizens for Working America.

Also listed as an adviser to Pence is Kellyanne Conway, a pollster who was a close adviser to Newt Gingrich during his 2012 White House run.

The Pence aides will be charged with organizing the day-to-day operations for the running mate and coordinating with Trump's campaign.

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