Pence will go toe-to-toe with Trump in Georgia as he announces rally with GOP Gov. Brian Kemp

Former Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on the eve of the state’s contested Republican primary, putting Pence at odds with former President Donald Trump, who is fighting to defeat Kemp.

Kemp infuriated the former president when he refused to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election result in favor of Trump. Trump endorsed Kemp’s opponent, Republican Sen. David Perdue, in February. In April, Trump’s Save America PAC gave $500,000 to a super PAC devoted to preventing Kemp’s reelection, Politico reported.

In a statement announcing the May 23 rally, Pence called Kemp “one of the most successful conservative governors in America.” “Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia,” Pence said. “I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia.”

Pence isn’t the only Republican backing Kemp. Former President George Bush will appear at a Texas fundraiser for Kemp this month, and three Republican governors – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey – will rally for the Georgia governor, as well, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.