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Pence to campaign in Georgia with Loeffler and Perdue on Friday

Pence to campaign in Georgia with Loeffler and Perdue on Friday
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Vice President Pence will campaign in Georgia on Friday alongside Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Warnock raises nearly M since January victory Georgia's top election official looks to shake political drama MORE (R-Ga.) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) ahead of a high stakes runoff election in January.

Pence will partake in a bus tour in the Peach State that includes two rallies. One will take place in Canton, which is located in conservative Cherokee County, and another will be held in Gainesville, which is located in conservative Hall County. Both events are billed as a "Defend the Majority Rally."

The vice president's travel will mark the first instance of the White House throwing its weight behind Perdue and Loeffler in the elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. Based on this month's election results, Republicans will hold 50 seats to Democrats' 48 seats in the next session of Congress.

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Perdue will face Jon Ossoff (D), while Loeffler will be on the ballot against Rev. Raphael Warnock (D).

The runoff elections are scheduled for Jan. 5.

Republicans have been forced to navigate a rhetorical minefield in explaining the importance of the Georgia elections to supporters. Under the Biden administration, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOde to Mother's Day Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate In honor of Mother's Day, lawmakers should pass the Momnibus Act MORE would cast the tie-breaking vote if Democrats win the two Georgia seats to make the Senate a 50-50 split.

But President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE has refused to concede even though Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE is projected to be president-elect, and most Republicans, including Loeffler and Perdue, have been careful not to say Biden has won. The Trump campaign has filed multiple lawsuits, including in Georgia, but they have either been dismissed or will not alter the results.

It's unclear if Trump will visit Georgia at any point to boost the two senators. Other Republicans have already been making the rounds in the state, including Sens. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Opposition to refugees echoes one of America's most shameful moments White House defends CDC outreach to teachers union MORE (Ark.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (Fla.) and Rick Scott (Fla.).