Pence Visits Georgia to Stump for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Senate Runoff

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Vice President Mike Pence landed in Macon, Georgia, on Monday, January 4, to campaign for Georgia’s Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, in the state’s Senate runoff elections on Tuesday, January 5. Pence arrived on Air Force Two at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and will travel to Milner, Georgia, for a “faith call to action” at Rock Springs Church.

President Donald Trump will make his last stand to overturn his election loss on Wednesday when Vice President Mike Pence presides over a congressional session to ratify November’s results, an event that threatens to strain the relationship between the two men.

Trump’s refusal to concede and his obsession with overturning the will of voters means the ceremony poses a test for his most loyal subordinate. Pence also faces a party divided over Trump’s conduct, a rift that is growing after the president on Saturday pressured Georgia election officials to overturn his loss in the state.

The vice president’s top aides are developing options for him to acknowledge the reality of the November election result while also nodding, in a possible statement, to the president’s unfounded accusations of vote fraud.

Development of the plan has fallen to Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and General Counsel Greg Jacob, both of whom realize the potential tension in the situation, according to two people familiar with the matter.

“Pence just has to play it straight. He has a specific job as defined in the Constitution,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump ally. “He doesn’t have the burden of having to force something to happen. All he has to do is preside over it.”

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