Former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been at odds ever since the disastrous outcome of the 2020 presidential election, with Pence earning a spot on Trump’s undesirable list after he refused, as Senate President, to intervene during the Electoral College certification on Jan. 6, 2021.
While the two have remained mostly cordial since that time, they will soon go head-to-head in the ever-important swing state of Georgia, but this time with the horses they’re backing — and by horses, we’re talking about the upcoming Republican primary for the state’s gubernatorial race.
As 11 Alive reported, Pence is traveling to Georgia soon in order to back Gov. Brian Kemp (R), one of Trump’s bitter enemies within the Republican Party given how Kemp repeatedly disappointed the 45th president in the wake of the 2020 election.
The blood is so bad that Trump is backing challenger David Perdue. With Trump’s record of endorsements, so far, going 58-1, Pence might be well in over his head, especially as Georgia Republicans tend to lean heavily toward Trump as Kemp declined rapidly in popularity, though he’s leading Perdue in the polling.
It’s shaping up to be a true test of the MAGA right versus the establishment right, and the winner of the hotly-contested race could mark a paradigm shift in Republican strategy moving forward.
Mike Pence to headline Georgia rally for Brian Kemp, furthering former VP’s break with Trump. . . We’re getting some good clarity here. . . 🙂 https://t.co/eIQKGoZCkD
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) May 14, 2022
Pence is set to attend a rally with Gov. Kemp on May 23, just one day before the state’s May 24 primary election.
One can only imagine how different a Pence/Kemp rally would look compared to a Trump/Perdue rally.
Many also believe that Pence is making a number of subtle, yet strategically visible moves to gear up for a potential White House run in 2024, though it’s difficult to believe, short of an unprecedented event, that he could overcome the sheer lack of support from the GOP base.