Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia on Friday to campaign for Republican candidates for the Senate, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, whose re-election he said is key to maintaining control of the U.S. House.

“The Republican majority in the Senate could be the last line of defence for everything we’ve done,” Pence said during a rally in the town of Canton, north of Atlanta, from where he was scheduled to leave this afternoon by bus, along with the two senators, for the town of Gainesville, two Republican strongholds crucial to the aspirations of Perdue and Loeffler.

The senators from Georgia are seeking re-election in the second-round elections to be held on January 5, in which they will face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, after neither of them achieved more than 50% of the votes in the November elections, as established by state law.

“For everything we’ve done together, for everything we have left to do, we need the great state of Georgia to defend the majority, and the road to a Republican majority in the Senate goes straight through the state of Georgia,” Pence said on his first visit to Georgia after the November 3 general election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Pence becomes the most influential figure in the Republican Party’s campaign for Perdue Loeffler, following a visit last week by the two Republican senators from Florida, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, among others.

The crucial race for the two Georgia seats has mobilized nationally the political machines of Republicans and Democrats, who have contributed millions of dollars to their candidates’ campaigns.

“We will continue to fight until every legal vote is counted. We will continue to fight until every illegal vote is eliminated. And whatever the outcome, we will never stop fighting until we make America great again,” the vice president told dozens of supporters who gathered outside the Cherokee County Conference Center and chanted “four more years.

Pence’s visit coincides this Friday with the certification of Georgia’s election results.

Although Georgia’s election authority initially confirmed Friday that Democrat Joe Biden had won the statewide election, it later retracted that confirmation and said it expects to complete the process this very day.

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