Published: Sun, November 04, 2018

Oprah surprises Georgia residents while campaigning for Stacey Abrams

Oprah surprises Georgia residents while campaigning for Stacey Abrams

Abrams would be the first black female governor in US history.

As she battles Republican Brian Kemp and fights against Kemp's alleged efforts to to suppress voting, she has gotten tremendous support from America's queen herself: Oprah Winfrey.

The race has drawn national attention, with Abrams receiving endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama.

And in a nod to the allegations of voter suppression that have marked the gubernatorial race, Winfrey told the crowd that "every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with, can not be suppressed and can not be denied".

Abrams slammed her opponent for backing out of the debate that had been scheduled for six weeks, "As #GAGov".

She touts her experience working with Republicans as a state legislative leader, but she doesn't back down on her promises to expand Medicaid insurance, prioritise public education and push for tighter gun restrictions.

Kemp did not address the robocalls at his only scheduled campaign stop Saturday at a Cuban restaurant in a diverse north-Atlanta suburb.


"Well, I think they would want them to vote, but not certainly not vote based on one's identity", Aubrey Shines said in a video message.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Georgia today to stump for Kemp and President Donald Trump will be in the state this weekend.

The pitches from Pence and Winfrey clearly fit Abrams' and Kemp's respective strategies. "The Democratic party, that the governor, the young lady that's running there... is the party that gave the South, where you are Oprah, the KKK, it gave us the Jim Crow laws that were there", he also said.

Kemp was also ordered to issue a news release explaining how potential voters who are flagged could still vote by proving their citizenship, as well as a phone number for them to call with questions.

She ruled that Georgia must immediately start allowing poll managers - not just deputy registrars - to clear flagged voters who show proof of citizenship.

"We regret that we had to cancel but once Secretary Kemp pulled out at the last minute, the candidates could not agree to a new time", Channel 2 News Director Misti Turnball said in a statement.

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