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Georgia GOP vice chairman Michael McNeely outside the state Capitol shortly after Donald Trump’s election as president in November. McNeely is one of 16 GOP electors. Branden Camp/Special

Before Donald Trump, Georgia dallied with idea of a popular-vote president

9:00 am Dec. 10, 2016

On Thursday, a group of Republican men and women of proven loyalty will gather in the state Capitol to cast the only Georgia votes in the 2016 presidential contest that constitutionally matter.

Back in August, one prospective member of the state’s Electoral College had balked at the prospect of voting for a President Donald Trump. But he was quickly replaced.

So the New York businessman will get all 16 of

Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich share the stage during a campaign rally  in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Georgians who have a shot at Donald Trump’s Cabinet

6:00 am Nov. 10, 2016

Several Georgians could be catapulted into Washington’s most exclusive circles next year thanks to President-elect Donald Trump.

It’s common for a politician’s earliest and loudest backers to land top positions in their administrations. Here are some of Trump’s most prominent Peach State acolytes who have a reasonable shot at landing Cabinet posts:

The most likely is Newt Gingrich. The onetime House speaker and Marietta congressman has been a close adviser to Trump and one

Republican voters celebrate as it is announced Trump wins Georgia at the Republican Watch party at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Atlanta.    Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Elated Republicans party, Democrats panic in Atlanta as Donald Trump racks up wins

12:20 am Nov. 9, 2016

The mood here at the Buckhead Grand Hyatt may have started off cautiously optimistic on Tuesday evening, but enthusiasm grew to a deafening roar as the clock approached midnight and Donald Trump continued to tick off electoral victories, including in Georgia.

This gathering of several hundred Republican partygoers became nothing short of electric after the Republican nominee picked up Florida earlier in the evening. It turned to shock and very quickly elation

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston in 2014, when they were both vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

3:29 pm Oct. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action.

Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?

Proponents of the idea say it prevents lawmakers

Top Perdue ally eyes race for Georgia GOP chair

6:00 am Sep. 19, 2016

Veteran GOP strategist and lobbyist John Watson said he is considering a run to be the Georgia GOP’s next chair, suggesting he will join what will likely be a crowded field hoping to lead the