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As Donald Trump’s reign begins, Henry County offers GOP an alternative path

6:59 pm Dec. 28, 2016

In a few short days, Donald Trump will take the reins of government in Washington. Back here in Georgia, in Henry County, a similar responsibility – much smaller, but still important – will be taken up by June Wood.

This is a tale of two Republicans and two possible futures for the GOP, in Georgia and elsewhere.

Trump was a first-time candidate who has successfully parlayed his real estate experience into a

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

A week before Christmas, 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