Stumping for Abrams, Oprah makes impassioned plea for turnout

Cheryl Sanders
November 3, 2018

"And Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first", he said.

Kemp and Democratic Stacey Abrams are locked in a tight race that offers a stark choice in a state accustomed to business-minded, centrist governors.

Kemp, known for championing voter restrictions, is the GOP nominee for governor in an extremely competitive race against Stacey Abrams, the minority leader of Georgia's House of Representatives.

"With respect to Tuesday's election, we deem this a total victory in our fight against Secretary of State Brian Kemp's exact match scheme", said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Oprah is now in Georgia campaigning for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and she just may knock on your door.

She also tamped down rumors that she was there to test the waters for her own possible Presidential run.

"All of us may have been created equal, but if you're woke. you've got sense enough to know that everybody is not treated equally", she said. I don't want to run, ' she told the crowd.

Recent polls have shown Abrams and Kemp neck-and-neck, with Kemp leading Abrams by only one point in a recent NBC News/Marist College poll. "Come on, Oprah! It's dehumanizing, it's completely baseless, it's totally cruel, and again I say, you're much better than that and you're much bigger than that".

Pence said he had a message for Abrams and her other celebrity friends - including Will Ferrell - who rallied for her in Georgia: "This ain't Hollywood!".

McDowell said Thursday that Winfrey's campaign efforts on behalf of Abrams is "going to get that woman elected". But after her speech, in a sit-down interview with Abrams - reminiscent of the 25-year television run of her daytime television show - she noted they were "just two women from MS".

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already.

Oprah surprised some Georgia residents after she went door knocking, saying it was her very first time canvassing for any political candidate and that she's optimistic about Abrams.

She's sought the post as an unapologetic liberal trying to draw new voters to the polls and prove that Georgia's growth and diversity make it a legitimate two-party battleground.

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