Celebrities throw weight behind Stacey Abrams in Georgia race

Hugh Fox
November 7, 2018

"I just heard you know", Pence said, "Brian Kemp's getting the support of all kinds of hard-working people all across Georgia and Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals".

After Oprah Winfrey made a campaign trip to Georgia on behalf of Abrams last week, participating in town halls and canvassing door-to-door, some voters received pre-recorded calls impersonating Winfrey that contained racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, the Associated Press reported.

Celebrity Oprah Winfrey is also making several appearances with Abrams. I agree with all of you guys that Oprah, it's different than a Miley Cyrus or a Katy Perry, who I love, but they're not going to get me out to vote. As Georgia secretary of state, Kemp oversees election infrastructure, which Democrats say presents a conflict of interest. "I'm kind of a big deal, too".

Pence was campaigning for Abrams' Republican opponent, Brian Kemp.

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"I think Georgia is a blue state with a turn out problem", she said. Kemp has embraced Trump and echoed the president's hard-line policies on immigration, and he's focused much of his campaigning in the state's more conservative pockets beyond metro Atlanta.

A pro-Kemp ad funded by the Georgia Republican Party accuses Abrams of trying to allow illegal immigrants to vote.

"Go with God, go with objective, go with your values, upholding everything we believe to be true about Stacey Abrams and why we're all voting for her", Winfrey said.

Though sometimes mentioned as a 2020 presidential candidate, Winfrey has demurred on her intentions.

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He is campaigning against Mr. Trump's agenda and Republican candidates less than two years after he left office, a departure from a historical norm in which former presidents tend to avoid openly criticizing their successors.

Winfrey is in Georgia in support of Abrams, who hopes to become Georgia's first black female governor. "Be very careful. Don't make predictions before Election Day". The state has not elected a Democrat governor since 1998.

Tensions grew after an Associated Press report in early October that more than 53,000 voter applications - almost 70 percent of them from black applicants - were on hold with Kemp's office ahead of the election.

The admission comes after Trump condemned Oprah for her involvement in a 60 Minutes segment in which she interviewed both Trump voters and non-Trump voters.

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