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November 20, 2020 at 2:21 PM EST

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Pence strikes far different tone from Trump as he returns to the campaign trail

By John Wagner and Josh Dawsey

Vice President Pence struck a markedly different tone from Trump about the status of the presidential race as he campaigned in Georgia on Friday for the state’s two Republican Senate candidates in January’s runoff elections.

Speaking at a rally in Canton, Ga., Pence did not concede the presidential election and vowed to fight in court. But unlike Trump or his lawyers, the vice president made no claims of a rigged election or widespread fraud and seemed to leave open the possibility that the Republican ticket could lose.

“We’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted. We’re going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out,” Pence said. “And whatever the outcome, we will never stop fighting to make America great again.”

The twin runoffs in Georgia have taken on added significance because they are likely to determine which party controls the Senate.

If Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler prevail, the GOP will maintain control. But victories by both of the Democrats, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, would give Democrats control if there is a Democratic vice president in office to break ties.

Pence acknowledged that possibility in his remarks, saying, the Republican Senate majority could be the last line of defense for all that we’ve done to defend this nation, revive our economy and preserve the God-given liberties that we hold dear.”

During his remarks, Pence did not mention the presidential election results in Georgia, which are expected to be certified Friday in Biden’s favor.

Much of the speech was a tribute to Trump’s work in office — and Pence often spoke in the past tense.

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