Oprah door-knocks for Democratic candidate in Georgia

Glen Norman
November 2, 2018

Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Abrams earlier Thursday.

Oprah Winfrey made an impassioned and animated speech Thursday in support of Stacey Abrams who is fighting a toss-up race for the Georgia governor seat.

Kemp - who, as Georgia secretary of state, is also in charge of elections and voter registration - faced backlash after it was reported his office had put more than 53,000 voter applications on hold, almost 70% of which are from African-Americans, because they failed to clear the state's controversial "exact match" standard.

"Surprised?" the woman, named Denise, said.

"I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", said Pence, who is not from Georgia.

"So I'm canvassing for Stacey Abrams", Winfrey said.

"The woman that she's supporting is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia by any stretch of the imagination", Trump said.

The president noted that he would travel to Georgia in the remaining days left before the election to support Republican candidate Brian Kemp. But Kemp's campaign said President Trump's schedule takes precedence.

More than 1.5 million Georgians already have cast ballots. If elected, Abrams would become the first black woman governor in US history.

The pitches from Pence and Winfrey clearly fit Abrams' and Kemp's respective strategies. Kemp is trying to prevent Democrats from establishing Georgia as a legitimate presidential battleground state. He's banking on running up wide margins outside metro Atlanta and holding most of the GOP votes closer to the city. "And Brian Kemp is going to do just that", Pence added, as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Winfrey and Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation in Marietta, Ga.

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