Was Mike Pence’s Georgia detour a Hillary Clinton trap?

Republican Vice Presidential nominee and Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his wife Karen make a campaign stop in Marietta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Republican Vice Presidential nominee and Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his wife Karen make a campaign stop in Marietta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence spent the past two days crisscrossing Georgia to shore up support for Donald Trump as reports piled up about tightening Peach State polls and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s decision to pump in more money and staff into her campaign here.

Now comes a report from Politico that Trump’s campaign may have fallen into a ruse that led him to spend crucial time in a reliably red state that hasn’t voted for a Democrat since Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory.

From Politico:

After weeks of Brooklyn telegraphing a competitive race in traditionally red states and making public moves that look like initial investments — boosting staff, holding fundraisers and promising more investments — Trump is now campaigning in Arizona, which has voted Republican in 15 of the past 16 elections, while his running mate goes to Georgia, a state that’s gone red in seven of the past eight cycles. …

In private, members of Clinton’s team draw a direct line between their activity in those states and Trump’s worries there. In public, Democrats are starting to cheer the success.

“This would be the equivalent of Hillary having to campaign in Massachusetts or having to campaign in California, except [to raise] money,” said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a veteran of Bill Clinton’s campaign and White House teams who remains close to the family’s operation. “Either he has fallen for it hook, line and sinker, or there are substantive concerns given his changes in some of the margins within specific cohorts of voters. Either way, it’s good news.”

Trump supporters are quick to point out Pence did more than stump for votes during his two-day stay here. He headlined a Monday evening fundraiser in Buckhead that organizers expected to raise more than $700,000 for the campaign, courted evangelical leaders and appeared on Herman Cain’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

And some Republicans say they are engaging in their own game of chicken with Clinton’s campaign.

“I want them to continue to think that so they continue spending money in Georgia so they don’t go to places like North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio,” former Gov. Sonny Perdue said in an interview of Clinton’s rumblings about competing in the Peach State. “Please spend all the money you can here in Georgia. We’ll be solidly red in November.”

Adds Brandon Phillips, Trump’s Georgia director:

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19 comments
Annie Cook
Annie Cook

Sometimes he looks and sounds almost human.....but then he says something no insanely stupid.

Wallace Mathis
Wallace Mathis

Vote Trump/Pence and keep Hillary the ethically challenged Hag at home. Which will also stop all her Foundation money gathering as everyone will know it is finally the end of the line for this corrupt ole biddie!!!

Pete Omalley Jr.
Pete Omalley Jr.

Same pollster that had Gov Perdue losing big to Roy Barnes in 2002.Sen Perdue in a close race. How many of you working people have ever talked to a pollster

Tony Brown
Tony Brown

Lol trump goes to every state everyday #WheresHillary

Marilyn Carruthers
Marilyn Carruthers

Where were you at Hillary Clinton? We sure enjoyed listening to Mike Pence... Hillary does not have to campaign ,she relies on the media to do her dirty work!

Amy Young
Amy Young

Hilary Clinton makes her own traps by herself. I wonder what else will come out about this morally corrupt person

Robyn Fuquea White
Robyn Fuquea White

Pence is a great man! Great interview with Herman Cain at WSB2. Trump will win!

Brent Allen
Brent Allen

So the Clinton team is admitting Georgia will be red come November. No surprise here, except to the clueless writers at the AJC.

Wallace Mathis
Wallace Mathis

Pence and Trump are campaigning the nation......Hillary laying around like the fat dog she is...no bother....the mindless will vote for her but it won't be enough, which will be her last chance......say bye bye folks!!!

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Georgia can be blue of the people voted. It will come down to if enough people participate in the election process. One party values low voter turnout while the other wins when as many people participate as possible. Every vote counts! Vote Blue!

Tommy Griffin
Tommy Griffin

And the AJC played right along with an article about Georgia possibly going blue.