Palin's closing rally for Handel set

Sarah Palin will be in Georgia next week to rally supporters for Republican Karen Handel less than 24 hours before the gubernatorial runoff.

The two are set to appear Monday at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) will open the proceedings, according to Handel's campaign.

Voting in the GOP gubernatorial runoff between Handel and former Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) starts less than 24 hours after Palin's visit.

The timing of Palin's endorsement of Handel ahead of the July primary helped propel the former secretary of state to first place.

Since then, the tone of the race has become increasingly sharp as Handel pushed back against Deal's suggestion she was too liberal for the GOP nod.

—Updated at 10:08 a.m.

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