The Georgia Republican convention that begins Friday in Augusta could be a tale of two politicians.
There’s Gov. Nathan Deal, a one-time favorite of grassroots Republicans who is now vilified by a bloc of Georgia conservatives over two controversial vetoes.
And then there’s Donald Trump, who was outmaneuvered by his rivals at an earlier round of Georgia Republican meetings but is now, slowly but surely, rallying much of the state’s GOP faithful around him.
Both political arcs will be on vivid display at the weekend’s meetings, which will feature a gathering of old-guard Republicans grappling with Trump’s rise and antsy conservative activists seeking to potentially punish Deal for his decisions.
Here’s what we know of the schedule:
Friday at noon: Newt Gingrich delivers a videotaped address ahead of a GOP engagement luncheon
Friday at 2 p.m. Convention formally begins
Friday at 2:30 p.m. Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks
Friday at 7 p.m. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks
Saturday at 10 a.m. Convention convenes
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Sen. David Perdue speaks