Top Georgia politicians close ranks around Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Georgia’s top elected GOP officials are closing ranks around presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and Attorney General Sam Olens all sent word they would support the party’s nominee despite backing his rivals in the primary. So did Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who each stayed out of the race for president (though Perdue had been rather effusive in his praise for the billionaire all along).

“Our country cannot afford another Obama-like administration,” Cagle said in a statement. “I think it’s important that our party unites behind the Republican candidate, and Mr. Trump has ignited a diverse and loyal group of supporters unlike anything we have seen in recent presidential elections.”

Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal has also said he would back the Republican pick for president, although he feels his endorsement means little.

While Georgia’s leading politicians are circling the wagons around Trump, many rank-and-file Republicans are still skeptical.

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